Online Safety and Ofsted's Common Inspection Framework

A guest blog from Alan McKenzie @esafety-adviser

You will be aware that Sept 15 has seen a renewed focus from Ofsted on safeguarding, including e-safety under the Common Inspection Framework.

Specifically, this is ‘inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills from Sept 2015.’ First and foremost this re-iterates the fact that e-safety is not a technology issue; from the perspective of a school it is primarily a safeguarding matter. Now when I say e-safety, Ofsted has changed e-safety to ‘online safety’ to reflect issues that go beyond the scope of safeguarding.

Similarly, the term cyber-bullying has been replaced with ‘online bullying’. There is no doubt that inspectors are much more focussed in regards to e-safety. Going back a couple of years you wouldn’t see many references to e-safety within Ofsted reports, but now it is becoming increasingly common, not just in schools but in other settings such as childminders.

1 in 7 Children use Tech to Bully Others!

A recent survey by Action for Children has revealed that one in seven children admit to online bullying and that 40% said that they did so to prevent themselves being targeted.

What can schools do reduce online bullying?

In addition, to having robust Safeguarding policies about online bullying every school should be educating pupils about online bullying, its impact and what they can do to prevent it. But developing you own engaging, interactive programme is time-consuming, so E2BN has created a partnership with eCadets that entitles every E2BN school to one full year’s free subscription to the eCadets multi-award winning, peer-led online safety programme.

Teenager's 'Agony' of a week without a phone

Could you, would you, spend a week without your phone?

Teenager Abrisham Skye Ahmadzadeh took part in just such a test for the Reconnect Project and recalls the trials and tribulations of living for seven days phone-free. Although she did find not being able to listen to music on he train or tell the time, she also reported having more time for other activities such as 'arts and crafts'.

Universities Help CAS Double Support to Teachers

Universities have helped Computing At School (CAS) double support to computing teachers through the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science (NoE) - according to the latest figures in the quarterly report provided to the Department for Education.

Read more here

Hidden Apps

I suppose my blameless use of technology explains why when I discovered that iOS 7 for iPhone includes a feature to hid apps I was initially a bit taken aback and inclined to dismiss this as just another example of the development of new features just for the sake of it. “What kind of users want to hide the apps on their phone anyway?” I wondered.

But of course, whether it’s not wanting anyone to see that you are on Tinder, are counting calories or are sharing a joke with a friend we all like a little privacy. But do you really want your children able to conceal the apps and images they have on their smart devices from you?

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