ONLINE SAFETY COURSE European Schoolnet Academy Ana Ribeiro's Learning Diary

I'm Ana, from Porto, Portugal

I'm a teacher of English since 1991 but after taking a post graduation in Management of School Libraries 5 years ago I started working as a Teacher Librarian. Each year I have just one class to teach my subject and then I do all different activities and work literacies at the school libraries. In the last 2 years my English students are from a vocational course.

I'm working in a partnership in an Erasmus + Project named: VEAC - Values: The essence of an Active Citizen.

To know more about this project visit our pages:

My School

Course Introduction

1- Modules & Activities

The course lasts 6 weeks and is divided into 5 modules, one module per week with an extra week to complete all work at the end.

2- Duration

From 10th April 2017 to 23rd May 2017. Final deadline for all work is the 23rd May 2017.

3- Discussions & Exchanges

4- European Safer Internet Centres and the BIK portal

A. Course timeline & live events

Live events:

  1. Thursday 27 April 1700 – Online safety Teachmeet – with Nair Carrera
  2. Wednesday May 3rd 1700 – Online relationships and sexting – with Facebook (Julie de Bailliencourt)
  3. Tuesday May 9th 1700 – Hate speech and radicalisation – with Google (Marc van der Ham)

Module 1: An Introduction to Online Safety


  • What are the main risks faced by children and young people when they go online?
  • How can schools support pupils and their parents?
  • What do teachers need to take into consideration with regard to managing their own online reputation?
  • Is there a statutory requirement to teach/deliver online safety in schools?

1.1 The challenges faced by young people when they are online

  • 65% of respondents said that they had been a victim of at least one online risk (unwanted contact 43%, treated mean 22%, online harassment (17%).
  • 58% of 13-17 year olds had met the perpetrator of the online risk face to face.
  • People found that the internet overall was a “civil” place but there were “strong concerns over safety, both today and in the future”.

References for more information on the challenges faced by young people when they are online :

1.2 The challenges faced by teachers

Information for teachers which can help them to become more confident in supporting pupils:

Guides on addressing issues such as cyberbullying and sexting, to safety and privacy information for the most popular social media services being used by young people.

1.3 Where to find resources and support

Learning to survive in a world dominated by the internet should be as important for children as reading and writing" BBC News

as one of the eight key competences that every European citizen should master, and as one of the four foundational skills for learning. Further, enhancing Digital Literacy is one of seven pillars in the

found that when adolescents are threatened or feel unsafe online, 54% said that they would tell a friend, 48% said that they would tell a parent, but only 19% said that they would tell a teacher.

Resources available online that will help to address online safety issues in classroom or school:

"Alongside the use of bespoke resources, it is important that conversations about online safety are a regular feature of the classroom. Discussions should take place as appropriate and there will be many news stories that can be used to stimulate discussion and debate with pupils."


resource sharing (lesson plan, video, animation, etc.) previously used with pupils to teach an aspect of online safety.

1.4 A whole-school approach to online safety

"Although in many schools online safety is championed by one member of staff, there should ideally be a whole-school approach with all members of staff playing a role along with supporting policies which are understood by everyone in the school community."

Good practice is often divided into four key areas: Policy, Infrastructure, Education and Standards

Ideally, online safety should be:

  • Embedded within the curriculum in all subjects where relevant (not just ICT or computing).
  • Based around teaching children and young people to be media literate.
  • Evaluated within schools to demonstrate impact. Many pupils are excellent at reciting the rules for staying safe when they are online, but whether this translates into them actually changing or modifying their behaviours when they are online is more difficult to determine.
  • A statutory part of the curriculum so that no children and young people are left vulnerable.
  • Part of an inspection regime so that schools are held to account.
  • Delivered in partnership with parents and pupils. Pupils can be excellent peer educators, particularly for younger users in their school.


A template to help to identify the strengths and weaknesses relating to online safety in school

1.5. Campaign for a safer and better internet!

My own sharing example

Module 2: Media Literacy

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