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Feb 10

E-safety - education over prevention

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Every day we see astonishing and concerning statistics about the issues facing young people online. The BBC has BETT 2009 seemed to suggest that the only solution to e-safety was to block access. Whilst I appreciate that schools have an obvious requirement to protect their pupils, this approach is clearly limited to online access across school-owned hardware.  Web enabled phones and home computers are not going to be covered.  The only viable long-term approach is to educate young people about the issues facing them online and to provide them with appropriate support materials Keeping Myself e-Safe follows this principle of education over prevention, and I guess this is why the resource has been so popular with schools since its release at the start of February.

Given the statistics above, I think the next thing we need to consider is a toolkit which educates parents about e-safety, highlighting the online issues which face their children today.

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