Technology enhances learning, and schools and colleges can do much to ensure students get the most from it, by encouraging responsible online behaviour. Involving children and young people in the development of their school’s e-safety policy can minimise risk and embed important principles such as

  • keep personal information private
  • consider the long-term implications of any content posted online
  • do not upload or post inappropriate, offensive or illegal content to their own or other online spaces
  • read and adhere to any website’s terms of conditions of use – including those around age restrictions.

Many search engines provide filtering facilities to remove unsuitable sites and advertising for search results, and most web browsers allow users to customise and adjust their settings for security, privacy and content. There are also a number of search engines which are suitable for children and young people.

Social Networking is becoming increasingly popular in schools to support learning and encourage creative use of the internet, and publish and share content. These technologies need to be used in a safe and responsible way, and appropriate online behaviour encouraged.

Staff and helpers can also be susceptible to risks from social networking. Schools should take appropriate steps to help staff and helpers maintain a professional level of conduct in their use of technology and online behaviour.