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esafety and digital citizenship specialist

Naace Impact Award Winner for Leadership

For his commitment to ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for the education sector

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16 January 2014

There are clear benefits for students, teachers and schools who use social media.

Blogging gives students a voice and an audience. Teachers can showcase and provide a context for the work and activity in their classrooms and parents and carers can become engaged in the children's learning.

There are many free and paid for blogging tools. Here we will look at Wordpress.com which offers a free service, is easy to use and provides the teacher with useful administrator tools.

19 December 2013

Twitter can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, and keep abreast of what's going on in the world. However, as with all online platforms, there are a few risks - such as hackers, who attempt to take control of people's accounts in order to misuse them.

Read the article here.

16 December 2013

Perhaps it it really is OK to always record the moments of our days with our devices..

 

'Ian MacKaye of Fugazi fame gave a talk at the Library of Congress last night and touted this now quite common argument,

I think that people are constantly thinking about capturing things that they're not actually present for the moment they're trying to capture. I'm quite sure of this. I think it's insane how many pictures have to be taken these days. We have to realize there's a level of documentation that's just chatter, it's noise'

 

Read Nathan Jurgenson's thought provoking blog post here

 

09 December 2013

"Facebook is the world's largest social network with more than 400 million people chatting and sharing their lives. It's important for parents to understand how social networks work so that you can help your child to stay safe online. But you might also be on Facebook and need a bit of help. With so many applications, external services and friend requests to deal with, keeping the right information private is becoming even more important."

 

Read more here.

08 November 2013

This year's theme for Safer Internet day is 'let's create a better internet together.' UK Safer Internet Centre has created primary and secondary school packs and also a parent pack, providing lots of great ideas to help schools and organisations get involved in Safer Internet Day 2014.

Download the packs here

This year’s theme for Safer Internet day is ‘let’s create a better internet together.’ We have createdprimaryandsecondary school packs and also aparent pack, providing lots of great ideas to help schools and organisations get involved in Safer Internet Day 2014.
31 October 2013

'Facebook is in the process of a privacy shift that would let all users be discovered via Graph Search.

The company reminded users earlier this month that it is phasing out the "Who can look up your timeline by name," Facebook privacy feature that allowed people to essentially opt-out of being discoverable within Graph Search.

Here's how you can make sure that you don't get unwanted attention or unfamilar friend requests as a result of this Facebook privacy change.' Read the full article on Insidefacebook.com