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Safety within a 1:1 programme

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Safety is a genuine and important concern. One that is top of the list for many parents when they first are introduced to a school’s plans to introduce a 1:1 programme.

Safety covers two key areas, physical safety i.e. the risk of the device being stolen and the online safety or protection from inappropriate material, online bullying etc.

Generally speaking the fears greatly outweigh the reality and with proper advice and guidance the number of significant instances is extremely low.

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Concerns about the danger of carrying a device outside school?

Concerns about the danger of carrying a device outside school?

This is a serious and common concern but the concern is disproportionate. Mostly schools will be working anyway with their local police force and what they find is that crimes involving children and mobile devices are rare.

This is a serious and common concern but the concern is disproportionate. Mostly schools will be working anyway with their local police force and what they find is that crimes involving children and mobile devices are rare.

Schools will also provide advice and guidance to every student. This advice is normally to hand over their device straight away if they are challenged. Often devices are labelled and can be remotely tracked too and because of insurance and backing up, the device can quickly be replaced with no detriment to the child’s learning.  Of course large numbers of young people carry expensive smart phones anyway and are not under increased threat because of this. One advantage of mobile devices is their size and they can be easily carried inconspicuously in a normal school bag.

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How can you ensure safety when using social networking sites?

How can you ensure safety when using social networking sites?

It is possible to block access to certain sites at home and within school on most devices in the same way that it has been with PCs. If necessary this will happen, however most schools are also mindful of their duty of care to their students and the responsibility there is to educate them so that they understand the risks associated with social media and use it safely and positively rather than simply by exclusion.

Will students spend all day staring at a computer screen?

Will students spend all day staring at a computer screen?

Teachers are trained to use devices effectively in the same way that they use a variety of resources at their disposal. Devices are rarely used in every lesson or for all of one lesson. Many of the uses will involve using the video camera or working collaboratively with other students. Occasionally lessons might use a device throughout the lesson but this will often be in different ways during the lesson – for instance it might be used as a quizzing tool at the start, to carry out 10 minutes of independent research in the middle and then to photograph written work to swap with a fellow student to peer assess at the end.

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