E Safety Suggestions from Becta

I recently asked Ruth Hammond for some quick summary information on safeguarding. This was a question being asked by a number of schools.

The links from her response are below. May I suggest in the light of yesterday’s news – if you find this page useful, please drop a thank you email to Ruth?

Becta’s key resources are linked in my signature below.


There are 2 other key sites that all teachers should be aware of:


Their resources portal can be found here:  http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/portal/


Particularly – http://www.childnet-int.org/kia/ – you will see the particular resource for primary at:


There is also a matrix of resources available at:  http://www.nen.gov.uk/esafety/15/nen-e-safeguarding-content-matrix.html – although I hear that some of the links may be broken

We (Becta) also have a resource which is a bit old now so is available for download only but may also still be useful at:  http://publications.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?resID=32422

With regard to the Becta publications I would ask that you simply post the link and not the resource to enable us to track our downloads and audience reach.

Hope that helps?


Ruth Hammond

Manager, Safeguarding Programmes Schools and Families


Keep informed – join Safetynet

Key resources free to order or download:

‘AUPs in context: Establishing safe and responsible online behaviours’


‘Safeguarding children online: Are you managing online risks well?’


Becta safeguarding site


Douglas Adams and Safeguarding?

Loughborough – 9th March

At the Regional Broadband meeting today in Loughborough there were some fantastic presentations and discussions.
Simon Genders from Leicestershire County Council gave a brilliant talk about safeguarding, and highlighted the fact that children don’t see a distinction between life on-line and life off-line.

This reminded me of the great quote from Douglas Adams. It seems even more appropriate now, but I wonder if that 15 – 35  age range has changed ..

Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things

You Tube Safety Mode

We’ve been working with primary schools in the EMBC region to help them use YouTube. This video from ABC Learning shows you how to use You Tube in Safety Mode

Safer Internet Day 2010

SID10 (somehow, we can’t get past 3 letters!) is nearly upon us. I’ve received a whole stack of stuff from the Safetynet Digest, which I’ve further summarised in the eclosed pdf.

Further summarised –  translation 20 pages now equals 4. In this document are links to materials, websites and advice on dodgy facebook sites. Hopefully the links will work in the pdf this time (I did test them!)

becta stuff sid10

How to Completely Remove Sparklebox Toolbar

Note – if you’ve been linked directly to this post, you may also find the following updated (April 2010) information helpful new post

We’ve had a few (quite a few!) challenges with removing this toolbar and the knock on effects in schools. The enclosed pdf shows my findings with a laptop belonging to a teacher.

There may be more information to follow, and if I find better information I’ll post it here.

 How to remove sparklebox

Wordle Update

Wordle of BECTA Report on Emerging Technologies

Wordle is a superb resource, and can provide a terrific starting point for discussions. In In my earlier post I explained the need to beware of the screens you may see. A way to avoid this is to go straight to the creation screen http://www.wordle.net/create.

Sparklebox Update

Sparklebox is now blocked by EMBC. 
I’ve also received confirmation that a number of sparklebox related sites and feeds have also been blocked.
In the last few days, 2 local authorities have issued information regarding reasons for blocking Sparklebox –

The excerpts are here ..

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Click Clever – Click Safe

This information taken from DCSF press release and web site on Tuesday 8th December at 12:50

The Downloads are here :-

The Digital Code and UKCCIS Strategy Report

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety brings together over 140 organisations and individuals to help children and young people stay safe on the internet. It was launched by the Prime Minister on 29 September 2008 and is made up of companies, government departments and agencies (including the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), law enforcement, charities, parenting groups, academic experts and others.

This strategy sets out what the UK Council for Child Internet Safety have done so far to keep children safe online; their commitments to parents, children and young people and the things they are planning to do to make them happen; and how you will know whether they are succeeding in making children and young people safer.

This strategy focuses on the next year, and this work starts with the launch of the Digital Code, which will be the basis of a public awareness campaign. Making children safer on the internet needs a long term partnership so the UK Council for Child Internet Safety will regularly measure progress over the next year and at the Second Child Internet Safety Summit in a year’s time they will look at this strategy to see how far they have come and what needs to be done in future years.