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"Growing up with the internet" report released
25/05/2017
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A little while ago, we highlighted the fact that more needs to be done to by online technology service providers to protect children’s rights and privacy when using the internet. Now, a new report by the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Communications takes the quest for stronger legislation to the next level, by making recommendations directly to the Government.

Supporting the Children’s Commissioner’s recommendations from her report in January, the “Growing up with the internet” report was released at the end of March this year and has looked in detail at every aspect of children’s interactions with the internet: from the devices ....Read more

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How student-centred is your learning environment?
22/05/2017
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This week, Educational content consultant, Natalie Nezhati looks at the techniques that can work for student-centred learning in the secondary classroom…

The Secondary Edition

Enter any UK staffroom around this time of year and you’ll probably hear a teacher bemoaning a year eleven class who still expect to be ‘spoon-fed’. They’ll say they lack independence, can’t think ....Read more

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Working together: Teachers, Techs and Safeguarding Leads
18/05/2017
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Author: Alan Mackenzie, e-safety adviser

I’ve written and spoken previously about the importance of adopting a whole school, standardised and cohesive approach to safeguarding in the context of online safety.  As technology evolves, new statutory guidance is released and when staff join or leave the school, I think it’s important to reflect on the issue of online safety which, as we all know, is so incredibly important in order to safeguard our students. 

School technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated – and so must the technology that we use to mitigate risk: it must be fit for purpose, provide mechanisms for the school to be pro-active ....Read more

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How student-centred is your learning environment?
15/05/2017
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In the first of a three-part series, Educational content consultant, Natalie Nezhati looks at ways to promote student-centred learning in the primary school classroom…

The Primary Edition

Student-centred learning might sound like a worthy aim, but many fear it would just lead to additional work on the part of the teacher, who probably has quite enough to do, thank you very much. Considering the workload, marking and sheer volume of curriculum content to cover, it’s understandable that some should fall into ....Read more

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Anonymous social apps: their appeal and the dangers
12/05/2017
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With the explosion in the number of apps available for all kinds of things, it’s no wonder that young people appear permanently attached to their phones, tablets or computers. And messaging apps in particular have great appeal for everyone – even us adults – making it easy to connect with friends individually or en masse – and share, share, share!

But cast your mind back to the very start of social activities on the internet. Remember how people weren’t so sure about posting personal information with their real identities on show? For a good while, people used pseudonyms; creating alternative ....Read more

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Protecting young people from online suicide games
04/05/2017
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It reads like a sinister film script – but the Blue Whale Game is just one of a growing list of dangerous online games with potentially the most devastating of outcomes. However, its reported consequences may – or may not be – an urban myth. Or an advertising ploy. Or a conspiracy…

So, what is it?
The Blue Whale Game is an online suicide game that originated in Russia in 2015, first appearing on the social media site VKontakte. Its target is to gain young, disaffected and impressionable teenage players aged between ten and ....Read more

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Promoting good mental health during exam season
26/04/2017
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Author: Natalie Nezhati, Educational content consultant

For some, the Christmas holidays are a stressful time of year. For others, it’s the end of a financial year. For almost anyone working in education, it’s May and June. Every year.

From KS2 SATs through to university finals, exam season is a tense time for everyone – students, parents, teachers, head teachers and anyone who spends time with them. And now, as May approaches, educators everywhere consider how to best prepare ....Read more

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Staying one step ahead…
19/04/2017
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Earlier this month, the Internet Watch Foundation released its annual report, giving us the facts and statistics about child sexual abuse imagery on the internet across the world.

The organisation does an amazing job. It’s not just a case of searching for and finding such abhorrent images, but its analysts need to be one step ahead of the people sharing and/or profiting from the images they upload. The internet is a vast, complex place and offenders are finding more complicated and cunning ways to hide their content from view – so the IWF analysts have a real task on their hands...
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Unlock the superhero powers in your school!
10/04/2017
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Let us introduce ourselves. We are Super-Tech, Terrific Teacher and Safeguardian. And, together, we are… NetSupport DNA Superheroes!

Our mission is to harness the power of technology to save our schools money and time, PLUS advance digital education and learning outcomes, whilst safeguarding students.

The supervillains we’re trying to conquer take all sorts of forms: from faults on the network, the misuse of IT equipment and USB sticks, to unauthorised access to inappropriate websites, online games being played in class or dodgy searched-for content being viewed.....Read more

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Double awards shortlisting for NetSupport DNA!
31/03/2017
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Hot on the heels of NetSupport DNA being awarded Tech & Learning's Best of Show at TCEA 2017, we were thrilled to find out that it has also been shortlisted in the National Technology Awards 2017 – not once, but TWICE!

In this, the inaugural year of the awards, NetSupport is delighted that not only has NetSupport DNA (Education Edition) been shortlisted ....Read more

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