The Kent e-Safety Strategy Group are pleased to announce a new document: “Using Social Media and Technology in Education Settings”.
Online social media tools such as blogs, Wikis, social networking and video sharing sites can be excellent tools for teaching and learning and can provide exciting and new opportunities for schools to engage, communicate and collaborate with pupils and the wider community. The positive use of social media and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) within schools and settings for curriculum and learning should be encouraged. However it is essential that their use is carefully considered in advance by the school Senior Leadership Team in order to ensure all members of the school community are kept safe and to reduce the likelihood of any risks or dangers being encountered.
This new document aims to help senior leadership team members within schools and other educational settings, consider safe practice when using social media tools and technology in order to protect staff, pupils and the wider community. The document provides schools with considerations to make regarding safe practice as well as information and guidance about best practise and risk assessment templates to use to assess sites and technologies for risks.
The document can be downloaded from www.kenttrustweb.org.uk?esafety