#BettChat archive 30th October 2012

(All these tweets took place between 4pm and 5pm on Tuesday 30th October 2012)

 Bett‏  @Bett_show

Welcome to #BettChat! Topic: how can schools create a balance between enabling online learning, but empowering safe use at the same time?

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

It is a special responsibility to protect students from web-borne threats and to promote safe internet use. #BettChat

Productivity, LLC‏  @productivityllc

RT @Bett_show: Welcome to #BettChat! Topic: how can schools create a balance between enabling online learning, but empowering safe use at…

Bryan Plumb‏  @BryanPlumb

#BettChat it’s about treading that fine line of providing quality e-safety solutions but also educating pupils about appropriate uses of web

Capita SIMS‏  @CapitaSIMS

Hello fellow #BETTChat people, who is out there?

InfoMentor UK‏  @infomentoruk

@Smoothwall Absolutely, pupils need to have information about what to do / where to go if they are unsure #BettChat

Life Lara‏  @reallara

Encourage safe use of online learning through using online tools for real purposes – not relying on simulations #BettChat

Life Lara‏  @reallara

@capitasims I’m here posting as me rather than @lifeisabout this week. I think! #BettChat

IrritableTech‏  @IrritableTech

I believe that a well educated net user can be shown trust. Less blocking, more monitoring. It helps keep the balance right. #BettChat

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

#bettchat Schools ensure children adopt the online policy & generate a culture where children report things they feel uncomfortable with

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

In our experience schools, colleges & academies want to focus on education without worrying about web security issues. #BettChat

InfoMentor UK  ‏@infomentoruk

#BettChat Involving parents / carers in the learning experience helps

David Tindall‏  @SchoolBroadband

@Bett_show #bettchat Our new Mobile Device Manager: teachers control which sites to block AND unblock in an instant. Demo at D322 #Bett_Show

Bryan Plumb‏  @BryanPlumb

@Smoothwall Agreed. We need to educate about potential hazards, but we need to protect the pupils foremost. Esafety sols do this #BettChat

InfoMentor UK  @infomentoruk

Pupils need to be taught about how to make sensible choices from a young age, schools can support this #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@infomentoruk .Parents need to be kept informed about the schools policy for protecting the students online.#BettChat

Life Lara‏  @reallara

@irritabletech Absolutely. Trust with clear expectations with explanations of their improtance is useful in & out of school #BettChat

IrritableTech  ‏@IrritableTech

Pupils education continues at home. How do schools protect students there? Teach the skills. Don’t rely on tech. #BettChat

Smoothwall  ‏@Smoothwall

@BryanPlumb Absolutely, solutions like ‘Read-Only Facebook’ can enable online learning http://bit.ly/Q3TlTD #BettChat

Bloxx‏  @Bloxx

#BettChat@BryanPlumb Agree. It is about educating children about safe use of the Internet. They wont always have a filter to protect them

Bloxx‏  @Bloxx

@IrritableTech – Think I just reiterated your point unintentionally! #BettChat

buddy 2shoes wilson‏  @2shoesWilson

#BettChat educate well, so they understand/take ownership of responsibility, monitor not block, if it goes wrong they will come to u

Bryan Plumb  ‏@BryanPlumb

@IrritableTech Totally. Relying on tech alone (in any circumstance) is dangerous. We need to know how to survive without the tech #BettChat

Claire Ashton‏  @ClaireAshton

#BETTChat are there any school colleagues involved in today’s chat?

IrritableTech  ‏@IrritableTech

@ClaireAshton I work in and represent ten schools. #BETTChat

Life Lara  ‏@reallara

@irritabletech Yes – education rather than protection will be more useful both in the short and long term #BettChat

Claire Ashton  @ClaireAshton

There’s so many elements to the internet and is with kids everywhere. It needs breaking down and explaining to them and parents #BETTChat

David Tindall  ‏@SchoolBroadband

Agree unilateral blocking isn’t helpful – unblocking temporarily is just as important for effective lessons in a safe environment. #bettchat

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Some brilliant thoughts so far on today’s #BettChat – let’s keep them coming! Have you got any examples of school balancing this well?

Bloxx  ‏@Bloxx

#BettChat Although we all agree on not solely relying on filters/tech, policies restricting access based on age should be implemented..1/2

Bloxx  ‏@Bloxx

#BettChat…to avoid unintentional viewing of inappropriate content that could really harm younger students. 2/2

Claire Ashton  ‏@ClaireAshton

Some kids compete for the most Facebook friends, regardless if they know them. Parents don’t always know what smart phones can do #BETTChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Stoke Damerel Community College achieved a balance by using reporting tools & identifying vulnerable users http://bit.ly/SrdrXd #BettChat

IrritableTech‏  @IrritableTech

@ClaireAshton This is true. One reason why schools must offer help to parents too. Schools should promote life long learning. #BettChat

Bloxx‏  @Bloxx

@Schoolbroadband It could be argued that better and more dynamic filtering is more effective than temp unblocking #BettChat

BESA  ‏@besatweet

Please vist #BettChat now where we are discussing finding the balance between enabling online learning and empowering safety

IrritableTech  ‏@IrritableTech

Filtering companies have done great work in creating filtering systems. Should more work be in monitoring and flagging now? #BettChat

Daydream Education  ‏@DaydreamEdu

@IrritableTech @ClaireAshton I encourage the practice of online life skills. Pupils’ can’t be protected 24/7 online or real life #bettchat

Bloxx‏  @Bloxx

#BettChat @IrritableTech – Thank you 😉 Yes, we may see some schools adopting the Uni’s approach of only reporting and not filtering

David Tindall  ‏@SchoolBroadband

@bloxx Yes & we do that too, but sometimes sites best blocked as a rule are appropriate for specific lessons. Flexibility is key. #bettchat

Daydream Education‏  @DaydreamEdu

@IrritableTech Would this be an ethical issue? Should we encourage trust in pupils? #bettchat

Rebecca Avery‏  @esafety_officer

#BettChat Filtering is useful but can’t be the only focus. We don’t rely on pedestrian crossings alone to keep children safe on roads…

Claire Ashton  ‏@ClaireAshton

@DaydreamEdu @IrritableTech The school I know trains their pupils in assembly about sensible Facebook use. It’s working for them #BETTChat

Rebecca Avery‏  @esafety_officer

#BettChat Most effective approach is engaging & empowering CYP to develop safe online behaviors, filtering can help but is not the solution

IrritableTech  ‏@IrritableTech

@DaydreamEdu We should trust, yes. Flagging possible grooming, cyberbullying etc. Other subjects harder. There is a fine balance! #BETTChat

Smoothwall  ‏@Smoothwall

@esafety_officer Absolutely agree, having an AUP policy, and educating teachers on how to identify illicit surfing or proxy abuse #BettChat

Bloxx‏  @Bloxx

@ClaireAshton – That’s great! As the world becomes increasingly digital, its almost a requirement for schools to talk about it! #BettChat

Rebecca Avery‏  @esafety_officer

Also important that #esafety isn’t something just “done” by ICT staff. This is a whole school issue & everyone has a role to play #BettChat

Claire Ashton‏  @ClaireAshton

@Bloxx And for teachers to understand it and not leave it to the IT department!! #BETTChat

Bloxx‏  @Bloxx

#BettChat If anyone is interested, @olliebray did a great presentation on new tech & social media in education. Video – http://bit.ly/Q2TBi2

David Tindall‏  @SchoolBroadband

@esafety_officer Like your ped. crossing analogy. Exactly the same – striking balance between practical protection & commonsense. #bettchat

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Just over 5 mins left of #BettChat for this week – any final thoughts or words of advice?

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Cyberbullies are using anonymous proxies to taunt & disrupt other students. Guide on How Prevent Proxy Abuse http://bitly.com/Q3TlTD #BettChat

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Thanks for another great #BettChat everyone – some great input and ideas! Remember to let us know your suggestions ready for next week!

InfoMentor UK‏  @infomentoruk

Great discussing online learning & #esafety with everyone today, looking forward to next week’s #BettChat #BettShow

IrritableTech‏  @IrritableTech

@Bett_show: Thank you. Glad to be involved. #BettChat

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