Free E-safety Resources for Schools to Teach Students Aged 11-16 How to Stay …

Safe 11-16 is a new programme of practical activities to develop young people’s skills, self-confidence and safety awareness when using social network sites.

(PRWEB) May 28, 2012

Social networking and sharing content online is now an integral part of young people’s lives. However, with these new opportunities come many new challenges. How do we help young people make positive and informed choices, improve their digital literacy and protect their on-line reputation?

Safe enables schools to guide their students through practical tasks involving social networking; choosing user names and passwords, creating a profile and uploading an image, writing blogs, sharing media, connecting and commenting. Throughout the programme, teachers are supported by resources, students self evaluate their knowledge and skills and on completion, are awarded with a certificate as evidence of their learning.

To find out more and to register visit http://www.safesocialnetworking.org.

Safe has been developed by DigitalMe, a not-for-profit organisation using new technology to create practical learning experiences. Safe 11-16 is building on the success of Safe Primary, which has been running for over two years, and has now over 2,000 schools and educators signed up to deliver Safe activities.

Kennington Junior School in Kent have completed Safe with their pupils. “The Safe programme has provided me with ways of discussing the impression others may have from profiles. I have also been able to have more open discussion with children about what they do and don’t do (rather than what they should and should not do) online.”

Safe’s Advisory Board includes Facebook, Microsoft, Nace, The Schools Network, Radiowaves, and the United Learning Trust. Safe’s Partners include Childnet International and the i in online.

“The most effective schools visited had a well-considered, active approach to keeping pupils safe when they were online and helping them to take responsibility for their safety. There was a close relationship between the provision that the schools made and the pupils’ knowledge and understanding.” The safe use of new technologies – Ofsted Report

How it works:

1. Teachers sign up for Safe at http://www.safesocialnetworking.org.uk and download the resources. All the tasks can be linked closely to literacy and citizenship schemes of work and are and are supported by teacher packs, which detail resources required, discussion topics and helpful links.

2. Students complete a series of activities that embed the e-safety message through on and off line practical tasks.

3. On completion of Safe activities, teachers can download Safe Certificates and award students for their achievement.

Read teacher Jenna Weller’s experience of using Safe in the classroom in her blog.

Sign up for free and download resources for Safe Social Networking in your school. http://www.safesocialnetworking.org

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