e-Safety is quite rightly becoming more and more important in education. As children now have access to various forms of online communication, it’s important that we help them understand how to use technology safely.
Whilst we can’t actively control what the children sign-up to at home or what computer games they play, we can make simply changes in the classroom to boost our e-Safety score.
Using technology safely is extremely important in school, so try implementing these 5 simple and easy hacks in your classroom.
1. Quiet Tube
If you’re like me, you see YouTube as the wonderful resource that it is and embrace having it in a lesson.
Then you get stressed out because people like to swear and make inappropriate jokes in the comment section. Or worry further because the auto-play setting just moved on and the next video is a review of lingerie.
It’s very frustrating.
However, by accessing Quitetube you can cut out all of the rubbish.
When you use Quietube, the video will play in a separate window or tab (depending on your browser) and it will be the only thing on the page.
To install this incredible plug-in, simply click here and follow the easy-to-understand instructions. It takes about 3 seconds and then you’re sorted for life!
2. Google Safe Search
Did you know that you can restrict what the children look at when they’re using Google Images?
All you need to do is move over to the top right hand side of the page and find a button named “SafeSearch”. Click on that button and you’ll have the option to click “Filter Explicit Searches” which, when turned on, will remove inappropriate images.
3. Junior Safe Search
Alternatively, if you’re working with primary school children, you might want to considor using Junior Safe Search (formerly Google Junior).
This is a search engine designed specifically for children. It works to eliminate inappropriate images as well as exclude inappropriate websites from search results.
The children use it in the exact same way they would use Google, but it’s much safer for them.
4. Disable the App Store
Giving children an iPad can sometimes be a risky idea!
Especially when they decide to begin downloading apps and games from the app store. A lot of schools seem to think they can avoid this but they’d be amazed at how many teachers forget to log-out or how many children can figure out the password.
Let’s be honest, the password is nearly always the school name…
On top of this, I’ve seen children simply buying an app by accident because they’ve clicked on an advert. My son is just a toddler and he spent a lot of money buying an extension for a game I don’t even own – imagine what a 10 year old could do with that kind of power.
My 2 year old son spent £54.99 on a World of Tanks game, imagine what a 10 year old can do
Why not simply follow the path Settings, General, Restrictions and disable access to the app store. This way you can guarantee there are no unwanted purchases on the account.
5. Guided Access
When using an iPad, little children have a habit of leaving an app to browse the internet.
But did you know that you can keep children locked into an app?
Using Guided Access, you can control exactly what children do on an iPad so that you know they’re always safe and are learning what you want them to learn.
Follow the path Settings, General, Accessibility, Guided Access and turn Guided Access on. Quite often, you’ll be asked to enter a pass code as soon as you turn Guided Access on.
Now, when you put a child on an app, simply click the Home button 3 times and you’ll be taken to a new window where you can adjust the access. This will allow you to ensure children remain on a certain activity, watch a specific video and can’t alter the volume.
Once you’ve got the settings just right, simply click Start and let them use the app.
It’s a really useful tool to have in the classroom because it means you don’t have to spend a lot of time monitoring the children. They can work independently whilst you help another group and you know they’re safe and on task.
- Teach e-Safety throughout the year and across the curriculum
- Ensure you have a thorough e-Safety policy in place
- Keep up-to-date with regulations
- Ask your technician to check your anti-virus once a term
- Give each child an individual password wherever relevant and possible