online safety and digital citizenship specialist

Parents/Carers News

18 September 2013

'Students at Saltash School are busy practising their French speaking skills as their teacher, Ben Rowe, stands at the front of the classroom armed with a smartphone. He types a message into his mobile: "Good use of vocab". A moment later the classroom computer bleeps and his feedback appears on its screen.

It might sound like a roundabout way to praise students, but Rowe's message travels wider than the classroom wall.'

Read The Guardian article here.

10 September 2013

'On the day of her birth, our daughter already had accounts at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even Github. And to this day, we've never posted any content.

All accounts are kept active but private. We also regularly scour the networks of our friends and family and remove any tags. Those who know us well understand and respect our "no posts about the kid" rule.

When we think she's mature enough (an important distinction from her being technically old enough), we'll hand her an envelope with her master password inside. She'll have the opportunity to start cashing in parts of her digital identity, and we'll ensure that she's making informed decisions about what's appropriate to reveal about herself, and to whom.' Read more.

09 September 2013

Anne Collier of writes;

""Way back" in 2008 – at least a decade after "online safety" was starting to be seen as a subject that needed to be taught to children – I suggested that it was becoming obsolete. Now what I'm seeing is that it never really was a single stand-alone subject that could become obsolete. We'll look back on it as a risk-prevention placeholder that society created until our research-based understanding of the Internet and youth online practices replaced the myths and misinformation that circulated in the public discourse for far too long."

Read the full article here.

27 August 2013

Dean Shareski writes; 'Whenever I hear the term "digital citizenship" I usually am skeptical. When we began using the term several years ago, it typically focused on keeping kids safe online. It was generally a scare tactic that told students that they should be wary of posting anything online because it's forever. The assumption was kids will post inappropriate stuff.

Recently the message has softened and most acknowledge kids are going to be posting online and so the message is about posting only the good stuff.'


Read the full post here.