The House of Lords have come out with their own report on how children use the Internet - and how we can help. It is called 'Growing up with the Internet'. There are strong suggestions to incorporate elements of online activity and advice into the mainstream curriculum. I'm all for that - please start by taking a look at our Twitter client - up and running and tested with a Year Five group. Facebook and Instagram clones to follow.
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by KS Admin on 03/22/2017 - 23:07
A safe introduction to Social Media?
At our school (Sonning Common Primary School) we recently ran an internet safety debate - aimed at children in Years Five and Six and their parents. We put together a panel of ex-pupils from various secondary schools, who shared their joys and concerns under seemingly relentless pressure to adopt social media in Year Seven and beyond. The audience raised a number of significant questions (you can find them here) but the whole evening got me thinking about whether we should actually be grasping the bull by the horns a bit and teaching children in the last years of primary school how to use social media safely.
To that end, we are in the process of putting together some tools, under the Kidscapism banner, which simulate Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We toyed with the idea of calling them Kidstagram, Kidsbook and Kwitter - but at the risk of invoking the ire of Silicon Valley, at the moment they are called by their actual names. The Twitter clone is nearly ready and offers all the functionality you would expect from real Twitter, but limiting the users to those in your class or school, plus the ability for teachers to monitor any 'Twitter' content posted by their students.
Currently the Twitter tool offers this functionality: Set up a profile, including a picture, and Twitter handle; follow or unfollow people in your class or school; Tweet to your followers; apply hashtags to content to allow for searching and trending topics; liking of others' tweets; retweet other users' tweets; counts of numbers of tweets, followers, following and likes; privacy settings - including setting tweets to private and blocking other users.
Please give it a try and let us know what you think.
by KS Admin on 03/19/2017 - 09:34