E-Safety and Online Identity

EOI PlayE-Safety and online identity management are critical areas. In addition to legal  duties and education providers and as employers, schools want to make sure that their communities use of digital environments and technologies is a positive one. You will find links here that address a range of e-safety and cyberbullying issues, as well as more information about young people’s use of technology and online identity.

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Top Ten Rights and Responsibilities: Secondary School Charter

This charter was developed by the UK Safer Internet Centre from the results of the ‘Have Your Say Survey’, the UK’s largest ever survey of young people’s attitudes toward online rights and responsibilities. The full report can be accessed from here.

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Childnet International

News, resources and e-safety information for young people, school staff , parents and carers. Childnet is a non-profit organisation “working with others to make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. Their Teachers and Professionals pages includes checklists for managing your professional reputation online and using technologies in school.

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Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

This website showcases some of the exciting activities and events that take place across the globe to celebrate the day, and houses useful, up to date free resources for schools.

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LSE: EU Kids Online

European children’s use, risk and safety online. Research and recommendations regarding young people’s engagement with technology. The project reports and findings are available here.

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Professionals Online Safety Helpline

“The Helpline resolves issues professionals face about themselves, such as protecting professional identity and online harassment by pupils or their parents, as well as the problems young people face, for example cyber-bullying or sexting. We provide advice, signposting and mediation service.

The Helpline is available Monday to Friday, from 10am-4pm. You can phone 0844 3814772, or email us helpline@saferinternet.org.uk (we will respond during normal working hours.)”

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Family Online Safety Institute: A Platform for Good

A wide range of resources aimed at parents, teachers and young people to connect, share and do good online – promoting the safe, positive use of technology.

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The Guardian: The new Ofsted e-safety framework: is your school ready?

Article on the new Ofsted framework (2012).

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The Health Check for your Facebook Account

Created by the Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning, this guide provides step by step advice on how to secure your profile and monitor who can see what you post online – aimed at educators, it helps increase awareness of what others can see on your profile (2011)

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Cyberbullying: Supporting School Staff (PDF)

This helpful booklet from Childnet International gives you an overview of the main issues surrounding cyberbullying and advice and guidance on how to prevent it from occurring, respond to it when it does, and report it to appropriate people and organisations (2009).

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Simon Finch: Digital Citizenship and the Perils from our Past

Lessons from the story of 17 year old Paris Brown. Britain’s first youth police and crime commissioner resigned days after being appointed following the discovery of inappropriate comments she had posted to social networking services when she was14-16 years old.

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Twitter Users: A guide to the Law

This useful article from the BBC outlines ‘some of the categories of law on which social media users in England and Wales are coming unstuck’ (2013).

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What can I do?

UK Safer Internet Centre provide some guidance on strategies for managing your online professional reputation – this checklist ranges from knowing how to report issues to discussing with friends and relatives what you are happy for them to share about you.

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360 Degrees Safe: e-Safety Self Review Tool

The 360 degree safe online interactive tool from the South West Grid for Learning enables schools to review their eSafety provision and to develop an action plan to bring about improvements.

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Safe

Programme of practical activities that develop young people’s skills, self-confidence and safety awareness when using social networking sites. Designed to work on safe social networks, the free materials and teacher resources will enable a school to easily deliver engaging activities and develop digital literacy skills. The Safe Programme and resources are free for schools and designed for young people aged 7-11 and 11-16.

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The East Midlands e-Safety project

A project focusing on improving e-Safety for all learners with learning difficulties and disabilities (2012).

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Sonia Livingstone – The Realities of Youth and Peer Culture: Balancing Learning Opportunities and Risks/Connected Learning

Video and resources looking at young people’s use of technologies (2013).

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What to do if your Facebook account is hacked

This is the official support from Facebook on how to deal with hacked accounts – including those of Friends which may be sending spam content to you.

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Reporting Incidents that have occurred on Facebook (PDF)

This step-by-step guide from the Northern Grid for Learning, provides staff with everything they need to know about reporting incidents that have occurred on Facebook (2011).

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What to do if your Twitter account is compromised

This is the official support from the Twitter Help Center on what to do if you think your account may have been hacked. If you cannot access your account due to being hacked, you can access this advice.

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If I told you then I’d have to kill you

This short and practical guide is a great resource from Northern Grid For Learning on password security and online identity management (2013).

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This page was last updated in September 2014. We welcome suggestions for our next review –  if you would like to contribute any E-Safety and Online Identity resources to this page please submit these via the comments, including a link and a short introductory paragraph.

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