Safeguarding in schools: the impact of new technology and social networking

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6 years ago I remember quite clearly a conversation with another member of staff when a bullying problem cropped up on Facebook. Parents were in demanding we take action and then we just said its nothing to do with us.

6 years on a numerous DFE and serious case reviews, schools have no option but to act on what’s in front of us.

I take every step I can to make sure I stay ahead if the students, read the press articles, twitter feeds, blogs and other literature to stay on top of E safety developments. Facebook is just the tip of a huge iceberg

The current situation and evolution in smart phone use has caused no end of problems compounded by the 24/7 diet of Communication and the lack of boundaries.

Trying to manage the safeguarding from a school in a 24/7 environment Apis virtually impossible. I have done the CEOP training and given numerous assemblies on many safeguarding themes and I still feel we are not even denting the surface of the problem.

I know some schools have completely banned the use of mobile smartphones because if the safeguarding risk, we have embraced the technology and given the students iPads. We were very clear from the outset on what would be acceptable behaviour and what wouldn’t. I also make sure I work with local primaries and plan to build on what they have already covered.

I will add more to this as things evolve

More added 21.4.13

An interesting post I read yesterday about the decline in use of Facebook in teenagers and that the average age of a facebooker is 41.
Teenagers are now looking towards instant picture messengers like KIK and Snapchat, and certainly the traffic I see on the intranet and the talk of the play courts is of instant picture messengers.

link to article

How will this impact on safety, it certainly seems CEOP are taking a note of these messengers as it seem infiltrated by undesirables.

It does always astonish me how naive young people are, they seem on the whole to be aware of the risks, but just take the approach that it won’t happen to them. How do we educate this naivety away?

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