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14 September 2015

Over recent years there has been substantial investment in educational technologies by schools and pre-schools. Young children are now surrounded by technology, however, there is little research evidence to show if it is making a difference.

This survey, part of a doctoral research project, aims to find out what technology is available in early years settings and how it is being used by children and staff.

07 September 2015

Download the presentations from this event

This CPD event was led by London Grid for Learning's esafety specialists Katy Potts and Penny Patterson, with Guest Speaker Sara Khan

The scope of e-safety is always rapidly changing, and the use of social media and online environments increases contact risks.

This event was aimed at school leaders, senior leadership teams and school child protection leads and content included:

  • How extreme content is seen, shared and becomes viral.
  • The harm caused by the media in warping perceptions of the involvement children and young people in extreme behaviours.
  • The impact on children and young people when exposed to extreme content, such as atrocity videos. Extreme violence becoming normalised.
  • How many forms of harm and abuse, whether radicalisation, sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, gang membership - all start with a grooming process.
  • How good quality ongoing e-safety, PSHE education etc., is essential in helping children and young people develop their own sense of risk, raise their self-esteem and self-worth.
  • How to recognise and respond to signs of radicalisation of students in your school.

  

03 September 2015

A boy who sent a naked photograph of himself to a girl at school has had the crime of making and distributing indecent images recorded against him by police, the BBC has learnt.
The boy, aged 14, who was not formally arrested or charged, could have his details stored for at least 10 years.
The information could also be disclosed to future employers, his mother said.

 

Read the article and listen to the interview here

19 August 2015

 'When Chelsea Clark slipped into bed with her boyfriend for a cozy night of Netflix viewing, she probably didn't consider the possibility that they weren't alone in the room.

But, unbeknown to the couple, they were actually sharing their movie night with a third party who was watching them via the webcam on their laptop.'

 

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