MODULE 1: An introduction to online safety
MODULE 1.1. ONLINE SAFETY is an important issue which needs a lot of attention both at home and at school nowadays. If we want to teach online safety effectively we should see what sort of devices our learners are using, what games they play, what social networks are popular with them, how much access they have. Most countries provide an online safety centre comprised of an awareness centre, a helpline centre (this collects data about the reasons people contact them e.g. cyberbullying), a hotline and a youth panel. Research and information on the challenges faced by young people when they are online, look at the following references: 1. Microsoft 2. Insafe helpline statistics 3. Net Children Go Mobile research 4. The full report Power of Image: a report into the influence of images and videos in young people’s digital lives
MODULE 1.2 : Online safety is as important for our own well-being as teachers ! out of 5 teachers have been abused online by pupils or parents according to an article on the Guardian. Being online users, adults also need to be aware of their own behaviour online and particularly their online reputation. Teachers should set the right example and display dignity on social media and generally on their web presence. A careless photograph from a social event may give others the wrong impression which can cause longlasting problems.If teachers want to increase their confidence in supporting pupils on issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, esafety and privacy information, they can use resources such as these: 1. Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) 2. Better Internet for Kids (BIK)
MODULE 1.3 focuses on resources and support for teachers. The need to teach children and young people how to be able to use the internet safely is very urgent.Learning to survive in a world dominated by the internet should be as important for children as reading and writing, says a House of Lords report. The European Parliament (2006) recognized Digital Literacy as one of the eight key competences that every European citizen should master, and as one of the four foundational skills for learning. Furthermore, Digital Literacy is one of seven pillars in the European Commission’s 2020 Digital Agenda for Europe. A recent UNICEF report found that when adolescents are threatened or feel unsafe online only 19% would tell a teacher. Therefore, teachers should use a variety or resources available to support students to use the web safely. if you go to the resources section of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, you will find both resources and videos on many different topics across all EU languages. Here are some resources shared by this MOOC's participants.
MODULE 1.4 stresses the importance of a whole-school approach to online safety as an ideal school approach. Good practice is divided into four key areas according to the PIES model: Policy, Infrastructure, Education and standards. Ideally, online safety should be embedded within the school curriculum. It should be based around teaching children and young people to be media literate. It should be evaluated in terms of impact when students actually use the web. It should be statutory, part of an inspection regime. It should be delivered in partnership with parents and pupils. Finally, it is important for schools to create a culture which promotes the right atmosphere for them to express their online worries and concerns. Teachers can use this template to help them identify the strengths and weaknesses relating to online safety in their school. As a next step they should create an online safety action plan to follow. This plan should be based on SMART objectives : Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-related
MODULE 1.5 One way to facilitate whole-school interaction, is to take part in Safer Internet Day (SID), involving staff, pupils, parents and carers, and even the wider community in your actions. SID has been celebrated in February through the 14 years of its existence. Every year it centres around a specific topic.
MODULE 2: Media Literacy
Media literacy refers to teaching and learning about how to access, analyse, evaluate and create media messages – both offline and online. Media literacy links to some topical issues such as fake news, data privacy, and copyright.