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E-Safety Solution from Internet Dangers to School Children

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E-Safety Solution from Internet Dangers to School Children

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"Everyone is aware that the internet can be a dangerous place," said David Wright of South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), "and everyone knows what they should be doing. But it is the sheer complexity of the internet, and the fact that it changes every day, which is giving us problems. Teachers are employed to teach, not spend their time being watchdogs, and so not unnaturally, they can't be expected to spend a lot of time with this issue."

As a result of this problem, some schools have started to operate systems through which substantial parts of the internet as an interactive tool are not available to schools.

"Such an approach does protect young people of course, simply because they cannot access some of the potentially harmful aspects of the internet," said David Wright "However, this also means that some of the more creative aspects of the internet such as the use of blogs, are also prohibited.

"What's worse, we occasionally find schools where staff believes everyone is protected from the dangers, when in fact pupils and students with a bit of technical knowledge can get around their protection systems."

As a result of this issue, SWGfL has now developed '360 Degree Safe'. …

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