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Whilst there are a number of eductational benefits of using the internet for teaching and learning, there are a number of potential risks involved too. These risks include:
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(Byron, 2008).

Therefore Byron (2008) reccommends that children are taught the key knowledge and skills related to e-safety.

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Below is a clip which shows how one school in particular approaches the teaching of e-safety.
http://www.schoolsworld.tv/videos/five-whole-school-tips

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In the video, the school recommends:
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http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/teachers/ - Excellent website to support teachers when promoting and teaching about internet safety in schools. The website provides example lesson plans for teaching about internet safety, which can be downloaded and adapted.

www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/5_7/ - A website using child-friendly characters and videos to teach about key internet safety issues. The website is child-friendly, so children will be able to explore this independently. There are also some good links to teacher resources and planning too.

http://hectorsworld.netsafe.org.- This website uses the character 'Hector' the dolphin to teach children about e-safety. The site provides information to teachers and provides resources such as lesson plans to be used alongside video clips. The website also provides information for working with parents, as well as a seperate area of the site where infromation is provided for parents themselves. Finally, the site also has a specific area for children to explore for their own e-safety learning.

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The 'Hector Button'.As part of the'Hector' e-safety resources, schools can use a 'Hector Button'. This button appears on the screen when the children are using the internet. If something inappropriate or upsetting appears/pops up onto the screen, children can click the button and the screen will be covered and the child can inform the teacher or another appropriate adult.


Safer Internet Day
'Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world' (Insafe, 2009).
Henceforth, when I am in school, it will be useful to find out the date of the internet safety day, and any resources available to support teaching and learning. It also provides the opportunity for a whole school approach to exploring a variety of ICT and how to use it safely.



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