The safe and responsible use of the Internet and interactive technologies is a central concern for both parents and schools alike. The rise in popularity of social networking sites has created new and more pressing challenges in protecting our children when they make use of the Internet for both study and leisure.
With this end in mind, Tuesday 8 February has been declared Safer Internet Day by the UK-based charity Childnet International. Working both domestically and internationally, Childnet has produced a number of guides to creating exciting but safe Internet environments including one to help secondary school teachers and school staff to understand and address a range of e-safety issues within schools and a guide for parents, carers and teachers about social networking sites.
These concerns and challenges are well met by the implementation of school learning network environments or VLEs (virtual learning environments) on an Intranet. Sometimes referred to as a “walled garden” VLE platforms allow for the creative use of the Internet and interactive technologies in the learning and teaching environment without the risks associated with public exposure on the global Internet. A learning network or VLE like Moodle or others creates a safe local school community site with the full range of social networking and other technologies but fully controlled and filtered according to recommended policies. Please contact CES for more information on Intranet-based VLEs.
The Childnet International guidelines mentioned here can be found at:
For an initial free consultation on how to create and implement an exciting and rich, but safe, VLE to complement your existing L&T provision please contact CES.