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Press Release - Schools must take the lead in helping young people deal with online dangers - 22nd August 2013

The new esafety briefing from Ofsted highlights why schools should take the lead on esafety. Naace can see clearly how some schools are successfully helping their pupils stay safe. These schools engage the young people in the esafety process and they ensure school systems are not 'locked down', so that pupils can gain experience of how to stay safe online when not in school. The Ofsted briefing reflects this saying "Pupils were more vulnerable overall when schools used locked down systems because they were not given enough opportunities to learn how to assess and manage risk for themselves."

The Ofsted briefing also gives the reason why this is so important, in stating "Technology offers unimaginable opportunities...". And it provides helpful advice to schools, recommending schools should "manage the transition from locked down systems to more managed systems to help pupils understand how to manage risk; to provide them with richer learning experiences; and to bridge the gap between systems at school and the more open systems outside school."

Mark Chambers, Naace CEO said "The whole issue of use of technology in a school is rightly a matter on which the Head and Governors must exercise leadership. This is not only a matter of helping children stay safe. We can see from schools gaining the ICT Mark and 3rd Millennium Learning Award just how much a school's educational offering to its pupils is improved when the school takes full advantage of what technology offers.

It is great to see Ofsted acknowledging the 'unimaginable opportunities' for learning now available to learners in schools who embrace technology enhanced learning."

 

Notes for editors

Naace is a community of educators, technologists and policy makers who share a vision for the role of technology in advancing education. Our members include teachers, school leaders, advisors and consultants working within and across all phases of UK education.

As a professional association, we represent the voice of the UK education technology community in the schools sector at a national and international level, as well as supporting one another across the sector through conferences, courses and the dissemination of resources, research and reflection. We play a key role in both members’ professional development, through the challenge and support of a community of practice, and the development of the profession as a whole, through the sharing of innovation and expertise.



Press Release - Schools must take the lead in helping young people deal with online dangers - 22nd August 2013
The new esafety briefing from Ofsted highlights why schools should take the lead on esafety. Naace can see clearly how some schools are successfully helping their pupils stay safe. These schools engage the young people in the esafety process and they ensure school systems are not 'locked down', so that pupils can gain experience of how to stay safe online when not in school. The Ofsted briefing reflects this saying "Pupils were more vulnerable overall when schools used locked down systems because they were not given enough opportunities to learn how to assess and manage risk for themselves."