Topic outline

  • How to access Social Network Sites in Wrexham Schools 

    Primary Schools

    Whilst in primary schools children are too young officially to have a presence on a Social Network site like Facebook, the reality is that many will. E-Safety needs to be embedded in a schools curriculum and not seen as a once a year topic. As such it is appropriate for teachers to discuss and show pupils how Social Networking sites work and importantly how to keep themselves safe. In this context setting up access to Social Networking sites like Facebook can be facilitated on an individual computer or for individual teachers.

    Primary Schools may wish to access Social Network sites to:
    • Engage with Parents, Governors and the local community
    • Use blogs and forums to explore creative writing and literacy
    • Teach pupils how to stay safe online

    Secondary Schools

    The majority of children will have a presence on one or more Social Networking sites. However it is important to understand that just because they seem more competent that some adults they are not necessarily taking appropriate steps to ensure they keep themselves safe online. As children become more competent and confident users of technology and the Internet it is even more important that eSafety is embedded throughout all parts of the school curriculum and not just in the ICT lessons during an eSafety topic. 

    Secondary Schools may wish to access Social Network sites to:
    • Engage with Parents, Governors and the local community
    • Use blogs and forums to explore creative writing and literacy
    • Teach pupils how to stay safe online
    • Use Groups or Pages within parts of the school community like the School Council 

    However a school wishes to use Social Networking it should be in a planned, coordinated and considered way with very clear aims and objectives.

    Within Wrexham we use the Bloxx filtering system to provide filtered Internet access for pupils and teachers with authentication provided by the users network username and password.  This enable us to provide policies that are age appropriate by default but with the ability for a school to have devolved administration over their own web filtering.  The default settings for Social and Streaming Media are:

    Social Media

    • Available to all Teachers
    • Primary Pupils: Blocked
    • KS3 Pupils: Blocked
    • KS4/5 Pupils: Blocked by default following school consultation - Schools can override this if they wish

    Streaming Media (YouTube / Vimeo etc)

    • Available to all Teachers
    • Primary Pupils: Blocked
    • KS3 Pupils: Available
    • KS4/5 Pupils: Available

    • Acknowledgements:

      Resources researched and prepared with help from the following sites and organisations:
      Kent County Council - www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/?esafety
      Northern Grid for Learning - http://www.northerngrid.org/
      Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning - http://www.yhgfl.net/eSafeguarding
      Digizen.org - http://www.digizen.org/socialnetworking/
      Childnet International - http://www.childnet-int.org/
      Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - http://ceop.police.uk/
      Think U Know - http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/