What do you think is the best way to deal with the increasing number of under 13s using social networks like Facebook?
I’m not sure what you mean by ‘deal with?’
Personally, I don’t add students to my facebook, my profile is private and I don’t wish to be-friend students.
As far as in class, I do cover internet safety with students. For instance, we have analysed the CEOP videos (which are fantastic and have been featured on my blog previously) We have also discussed how to make your profile private, created online safety scripts and leaflets and discussed other possible safety precautions, such as children not having a picture of themselves as a profile picture.
I think it is important students realise how accessible any information they post online is to anyone, and also that things like photographs and videos are impossible to delete forever.
Another concern I do have is cyberbullying, again I have covered this in lessons but I do feel it makes student more vulnerable than in times before social networking. In fact social networking in general has opened up many issues that were not a consideration 10 years ago.
Students’ online presence can be a good thing for their education, as we know, but the risks do need considering. There is only so much a teacher can do, parents also need to take an active involvement in the child’s online life. For instance, my aunty has 3 children under 14 and the only computer they have access to is in a public place where she can see over their shoulder.
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