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  • Blog Post: Safety Internet Day - raising awareness with the BBC and CEOP

    The BBC’s Share Take Care campaign is part of its commitment to media literacy and online safety for young people. Working in partnership with The UK Safer Internet Centre to support Safer Internet Day (SID), (tweet #SID2012) the BBC’s campaign aims to raise awareness of the issues around safeguarding...
  • Blog Post: Safety online–how much do you parents know?

    With technology continuing to grow and the fact that children and young adults use the internet everyday, whether it be in the classroom, at home getting their homework done before dinner or chatting to their mates whilst playing the latest game, the question has to be asked, do they know and understand...
  • Blog Post: Social Media...in Education

    As always, Microsoft education team like to share some of the great projects our partners have developed. In a fast growing internet world, what actions can teachers take to ensure their students stay safe whilst learning? We asked Ergo Computing to share their thoughts on how to get around how students...
  • Blog Post: Internet safety - turning it off is not the answer…

    Thank you to all of those who requested an Internet Safety brochure. All Internet Safety brochures have now been issued out.
  • Blog Post: What you don’t see is what you get–running a broadband consortia

    I’m meeting up with the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) later this week. It seems like being a Regional Broadband Consortia is a pretty tough gig these days, what with the DfE cutting the capital budgets in the Harnessing Technology Grant , and some people misunderstanding that all they do is provide...
  • Blog Post: Internet Safety – how to get support in school

    Last week I wrote about some of the resources available if you’re running any kind of Internet safety teaching your school. And I mentioned that on we had 100 volunteers out in schools on European Safer Internet Day, delivering training for pupils, parents and staff. And that over the last year the volunteers...
  • Blog Post: Ofsted report The safe use of new technologies

    According to the BBC News this morning: Blocking pupils' access to unsuitable websites does not encourage them to take responsibility for their safety online, Ofsted inspectors say. "Managed" online systems were more successful than "locked" ones at safeguarding pupils' safety, they...
  • Blog Post: Today is Safer Internet Day

    If you switched on the radio this morning, you’ll have heard Jim Gamble from CEOP, and know that it’s European Safer Internet Day today. As I mentioned in my post a couple of weeks ago , we have been supporting schools, parents and young people in a variety of different ways. Today, we have lots of our...
  • Blog Post: Safer Internet Day – 9th Feb 2010 – Resources to help prepare

    European Safer Internet Day is coming up very soon – it’s two weeks today – and a wide range of organisations are encouraging all schools to run an activity to link in to the event. Whether that’s an assembly, a message in the school newsletter or a parents talk, there are a pile of resources waiting...
  • Blog Post: European Safer Internet Day- 9th February 2010 - Free Parents Internet Safety Presentation

    Like you, Microsoft believes strongly in the importance of ensuring the Internet is a safe place for young people and adults alike. My colleague Karina leads a lot of our work on online safety. As well as being part of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), we’re also a partner of CEOP (Child...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer patch – time to roll it out

    I’m sure you’ve already got this covered, but just in case you have missed it, we released the update for Internet Explorer overnight to resolve the security glitch that the BBC et al have been getting all frothed up about. If you’ve got automatic updates set up on your own computer, or your school network...
  • Blog Post: Know IT All for parents – available again

    A couple of years ago, we worked with Childnet to make the Know IT All series available – a set of CD-ROM resources and matching website – to help teachers, families (and last year, trainee teachers) – to advise children about online safety. In the end, 1 million copies of the CD-ROM were snapped up...
  • Blog Post: But apart from that, what have Microsoft done for us?

    This might only make sense, if you read yesterday's post , because I'm going to continue the theme. All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have th e Romans ever done for us? Here's another...
  • Blog Post: What have Microsoft ever done for us?

    All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have th e Romans ever done for us? If you’re looking for nostalgia, take a look at the Life of Brian script – which doesn’t start with the question...
  • Blog Post: Do you get asked "How do I do that?" by friends, neighbours and parents?

    If your teachers and students (and friends and family) are always asking you how to do something on the computer, even though you know you showed them at least three times already, you won't be alone - statistics from a recent ICM survey carried out on our behalf show that almost half of all adults in...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning programme relaunched

    For the last 5 years we have been running a programme, called Partners in Learning, to extend and expand the development of learning, and especially the ways that ICT can support learning in schools. Globally this programme has invested £125 million into projects run in partnership with governments,...
  • Blog Post: The Shireland Learning Gateway

    At the BETT show the Schools Minister, Jim Knight, opened the exhibition by laying out the DCSF policy initiatives for the future. One of the foci was on the government target for secondary schools to provide access to real-time reporting information, such as attendance and assessment information, for...
  • Blog Post: More Free things - the 6th-7th-8th-9th Days of Christmas

    I'm sorry - for the last three days I have been the victim of a virus doing the rounds here in North Oxfordshire. So instead of sitting behind a keyboard, and giving your more Christmas gifts, I have been behind a duvet, trying to recover (and not infect the family). I don't know what the usual winter...
  • Blog Post: Know IT all - E-safety

    Today sees the launch of Know IT All for Teachers, in conjunction with Becta, the TDA and ChildNet. We've been working with these partners to create a set of valuable resources for e-safety in schools. Called "Know IT All for Teachers", it's a resource pack that provides practical help for trainee teachers...
  • Blog Post: e-Safety in schools - some help for you

    Becta have recommended that each school has a nominated E-Safety officer - which could mean that in staff rooms around the country, people suddenly make themselves busy when the head walks in with a letter in his hand! So, if you've got the job, or one of your colleagues has it and is looking for some...
  • Blog Post: Get Safe Online Week II

    We're in "Get Safe Online Week": The initiative aims to help individuals and micro-businesses to protect themselves against Internet security risks by raising awareness of the need for Internet security and providing information, advice and updates through its website www.getsafeonline.org . It's entirely...
  • Blog Post: 7 tips for working securely from wireless hotspots

    Like last week's posting, on 10 ways to work more securely , was a handy way of reminding your staff about common sense steps that they can take to keep their own personal PCs secure, as well as contributing to the organisation security you're managing. Well, here's another list in a similar vein, that...
  • Blog Post: Child online safety – how Warwickshire upgraded their services

    Internet security is high on Local Authority agendas, especially highlighted since the government launched a major e-safety initiative designed to protect children online in 2006. Following enhanced government guidance to all local authorities in 2006, Warwickshire County Council decided that they needed...
  • Blog Post: Data security in schools

    Listening to the news this morning, my attention was grabbed by the Information Commissioner, on the subject of data security, as he said " Data is being stolen too easily. Laptops, containing personal information and databases, being stolen when they are taken outside of the workplace without proper...
  • Blog Post: Know IT All - keeping students safe on the Internet

    My two children, 7 & 11, are leading lives which are increasingly online, and I am aware that their use of the Internet brings them a great opportunity to access information to help their learning, as well as opening them up to contact with friends, and potentially other people that they have not...
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