Articles and resources

How should teachers and students manage the balance between the freedom to access and exchange information online, and taking care of themselves? Dip into our series of new articles and resources in this section.

Olivia RidoutSchools: Know your legal responsibilities around Internet safety
Olivia Ridout, Neves Solicitors LLP
There is no specific legal duty per se owed by teachers or schools to children in their care in relation to their online activity, but there is a duty to safeguard children and a necessity under statute to take steps to prevent bullying.

Sylvia DuckworthQ&A with teacher and sketchnoter
Sylvia Duckworth
What do you feel are the most important things teachers need to know about e-safety? What are the most important skills children need to learn around digital literacy? What do you see as the biggest challenges facing schools / teachers around e-safety and protecting children and young people?

Damien O'SullivanSchools' role in addressing the Digital Native Fallacy
Damien O’Sullivan, CEO, ECDL Foundation
There is growing recognition that our schools must address the Digital Native Fallacy and offer young people structured programmes in the effective and safe use of digital technology in their personal lives and in the use of the digital technology they will be expected to use in their further education and future workplaces

Dr. Kathryn WestonUnderstanding online behaviour: tips for secondary school teachers
Dr. Kathryn Weston
An exponential growth in online activity amongst young people has been a hallmark of the last decade. We know that the amount of time young people spend online has trebled in the past 11 years.

Laura PearceBuilding a good online reputation
Laura Pearce, Head of ICT, Computing and eStrategy, St Luke’s
We teach manners and good behaviour in the non-internet world, but students are often very unaware of how things they post online reflect on them as individuals. They don’t always think of the consequences.

Matt HuntThe ‘drip, drip, drip’ of digital literacy
Matt Hunt, Assistant Head Teacher KS4, Wyvern College
Digital literacy is part of everyday life, but we’ve got to make sure we keep digital literacy at the forefront of teachers’ and pupils’ minds.

Simon FinchShaping the digital citizens of the future
Simon Finch, Online Safety Officer, Digitally Confident
When people ask me for support, they’re certainly not going to get ‘10 ways to stay safe online.’ What they are going to get is something that one teacher once described as “delightfully unsettling.”

Emma and CharlotteSelfies and self-esteem: whose responsibility?
Emma Robertson, Co-founder, Digital Awareness UK
The digital landscape is constantly evolving and e-safety strategies in schools are having to adapt and mould as a result. It's a difficult time for schools, with so many stories in the headlines about students getting themselves involved in sexting and cyber bullying scams.

Jon ButtrissDigital amnesty for the 17 year-olds!
Online safety and social media management in schools is an important subject, especially with new e-safety guidelines coming into play this February. Jon Buttriss, CEO of BCS Learning & Development, looks at what opportunities there are to teach ethical and moral responsibilities.