1.2 The challenges faced by teachers
While a lot of discussion and resources focus on the online safety of our students, it is easy to forget that online safety is as important for our own well-being as teachers. The above statistic highlights that this is not an issue we should underestimate…..
Adults are also users of technology and will have varying levels of expertise. Many teachers report that they feel ill-equipped to deal with questions and challenges from pupils about online safety issues.
The Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) provides a huge amount of information for teachers which can help them to become more confident in supporting pupils. From 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, the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal provides access to hundreds of SIC resources in different languages.
Meanwhile, adults also need to be aware of their own behaviour online and particularly their online reputation.
Teachers are entitled to a private life, but the extent of that privacy can often be determined by how much content is shared on social media.
A photograph from a party or social event may not necessarily create the right image or set the right example. A photograph is a split second in time, but such images or careless comments can give others the wrong impression and cause problems that last far beyond that moment.
Many employers routinely check the social media accounts and web presence of potential employees and schools are doing the same. One headteacher recently remarked that it was better for him to check from the outset rather than have parents do it later on and cause issues.
1.3 Where to find resources and support
Online Safety is one of the greatest problems for both students and teachers, so I think this course may respond to the questions I am asked and I ask to myself about the right behavour on the web
A very good website is Better Internet for kids where very useful advice are given
1.4 A whole-school approach to online safety
"In some countries, there is a requirement to teach online safety as part of the curriculum, but this is not the case everywhere. Ideally, online safety should be:
Embedded within the curriculum in all subjects where relevant (not just ICT or computing). Many schools will cover online safety as part of the PSHE (personal, social, health education) curriculum.
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."
You'll find more details to the link below
1.5. Campaign for a safer and better internet!
Module 2: Media Literacy
2.1 What is media literacy?
“Media literacy allows us to exercise critical thinking, while participating in the economic, social and cultural aspects of society and playing an active role in the democratic process.”
European Commission, 2017
Media literacy has many different definitions. From an educational point of view, it typically refers to teaching and learning about how to access, analyse, evaluate and create media messages – both offline and online. As such, it provides you with a powerful tool to equip pupils for risks and opportunities in the digital world. The following video will set the scene for this module: