Monday 5 February 2018

E-Safety: Providing Children With Skills to Stay Safe Online

The NSPCC has called for immediate action on children’s online safety, criticising the government for failing to implement recommendations to make young people safer online.

10 years ago, the charity wrote a report making 38 proposals to tackle online safety for children of which it says 11 have been ignored, seven partially implemented and four are now out of date. Professor Tanya Byron, an NSPCC Trustee and clinical psychologist, said the government was “playing catch-up”. 
"The internet is absolutely ubiquitous in children's lives today. The online world moves too fast for government to drag its feet for another decade." 
Byron was the author of the original 2008 report and the NSPCC has now, a decade on, reviewed the progress made in implementing recommendations and has produced a report considering what still needs to be done to protect children and young people online. You can view the full report here

While the government is working to ensure there are robust protections in place including considering changing the law where necessary, it is vital that children are educated in online safety and given the opportunity to be online in a safe and protected environment.

Fusion VLE provides the perfect playground for students to learn about e-safety and social media. The ability to create a personalised profile, send and receive instant messages, post blogs and reply to forum topics gives them a taste of social media whilst remaining in a totally safe, fully moderated environment. Staff are able to view all student posts and are required to moderate any comments/posts made before they are viewable by other users.

Fusion users, Meadgate Primary School commented, The ability to practically follow up e-safety sessions using the VLE as a safe playground for learning about netiquette, personal and private information and digital footprint is a valuable tool in our school.”

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