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Are Your Students Safe Online?

Published on 10/02/15

Did you know it’s Safer Internet Week from 9th-13th February 2015? As schools teach students about the importance of staying safe online, we’ve taken a look at some key statistics which show how important e-safety is.

For example, did you know that 43% of 9-12 year olds surveyed admitted to using Facebook, despite the social network restricting use to over 13s? 228 million users across the UK and neighbouring countries also have access to internet from their phones, taking online activity away from traditional devices and into a new domain. What’s more, current students have grown up around social networking and the internet, with the majority of students in the UK not even being born when Google launched in 1998. These stats show that the average age of social media use is getting younger, as mobile use of internet increases. This change could make it harder to monitor online use, especially for younger users who social networks are trying to protect.

Staying secure online

There are several different methods you can go through to ensure you, and your students, are safe online. Privatising your social media profiles is the first step, and restricting what you share online is really important. Students should also be aware of only connecting with friends and family online, and to avoid befriending complete strangers on any social networks.

Secure your school website

Not all information on your school website is intended for public consumption. You may wish to ‘lock down’ areas where student, teacher and parent information is stored or recorded, and provide passwords to relevant parties to access this information. Our content management system (CMS) allows you to secure specific pages, provide passwords to parents, teachers, and governors, as well as limit use to your CMS overall. Keeping your information safe is important to us.

Discover more about Safer Internet Week on the e4education Academy.