I've recently become more interested in e-safety and looking at the ways we can educate our students to protect themselves while online.
I stress that I'm interested in educating students to protect themselves rather than looking at ways to protect the students through censorship and control of access.
I think this is becoming an ever more important issue to deal with as increasingly accademic institutions are limiting and controlling students access to various gaming, social networking and mixed media content sites, many of which are very useful and educational.
I don't think censorship and control are the appropriate measures, as they don't educate students to protect themselves when they are not in the controlled environment of the school, and they also exclude useful educational site, activities and materials.
So, I'm poting these questions to the audience of the teaching English site.
Firstly, What do you see as the significant online threats to your students?
Secondly, What kinds of policies are in place within your institution to protect students?
Are they being educated about te threats? or is there a system of control or censorship?
I hope to get some replies and comments from you soon, and I'll also share my own tips for this in my next posting.
Nik Peachey | Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Trainer
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