in a digital world cybersecurity firms to trawl social media sites for anything inappropriate that potential transfer candidates might have posted. This could be an excellent discussion point for helping pupils realise that things they do online can have offline consequences. Both pupils and staff need to be aware that they have an online reputation. Staff should realise that pupils and parents often Google them, checking out the backgrounds of those who teach their children, sometimes even trawling through old social media posts. Things that a teacher did or said when they were at university can quickly come back to haunt them. Similarly, the reputation of a whole school is now up for public comment. One head teacher I met was horrified to discover a public Google review, written by a disgruntled parent, condemning the school as awful. While it was a terrible advert for the school, the solution manifested itself via the internet, as parents who thought that the school was great were encouraged to post their own reviews, quickly outweighing the lone negative review. Setting up a Google alert for the name of the school or key members of staff is a simple and effective way to stay up to date with anything that is being said about you or your name online. You can do this at: google.co.uk/alerts In the UK we are lucky to have a dedicated internet safety helpline for any professionals who work with children. Professionals Online Safety Helpline (POSH) is a fantastic organisation that is part of the UK Safer Internet Centre that is able to provide advice and guidance around any online issues that schools are dealing with. You can find out more about them at: saferinternet.org.uk/about/helpline Online safety is now well and truly high on both Government and inspection agendas. It is important that schools give serious consideration about what they must do in order to protect and educate their pupils and staff.
â€œWe need to fundamentally re-think the way that we teach e-safety in school in order to help young people use these online platforms safely.â€?
Published on Jul 10, 2016