How old should a child be before they are provided with their own Smartphone? Professor Stephen Heppell believes that there should be no lower age limit: if the child can work the device without becoming frustrated, then they are old enough to have one. Click here to read more about Professor Heppell’s views on this subject.
Worried about pupils’ safety when using the Internet? Click here to visit a blog created by Highland Council for tips on how to stay safe when working on-line.
A Safer Internet Day will be held on 5th February. Why don’t you spend some time on the 5th promoting pupils’ awareness of how to stay safe when using the Internet? Suggested activities can be found by clicking here.
Confusion often arises as to whether parents and relatives are permitted to take photographs during school events. The Information Commissioner’s Office has provided guidance on this matter. Although this advice has been issued to schools in England I think that it can help inform our decisions.
Click here to view the advice.
CEOP, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, provides training and education resources for practitioners to use with children and young people to increase their understanding of online safety. The “Thinkuknow” website provides comprehensive and up to date Internet safety information and resources. You will find local, national and international resources covering a range of Internet safety issues; including cyberbullying, grooming and at social networking.
Click here to visit the Thinkuknow website.