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Become the Next eSafety Champion


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Welcome to the Become the Next eSafety Champion MOOC

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With its virtually limitless content and opportunities, the internet has become so popular, we now carry it in our pockets to everywhere we go. However, its popularity and wide reach also brings about risks along with it. In a world where education is increasingly reliant on technology and online tools, it is essential that schools provide an online environment where students and staff can make the most of the internet while staying as safe as possible.

The eSafety Label+ MOOC aims to support education professionals to create an online safety strategy tailored to their school’s needs in order to ensure their pupils learn and interact in a safer digital environment. How will this be achieved? Through an introduction to the concept of ‘eSafety strategy’ and a thorough analysis of the schools’ strengths and shortcomings. As a participant, you will reflect upon and be better prepared to make informed decisions about a safer technological infrastructure, school policies and practices for your students. Moreover, the eSafety strategy developed throughout this MOOC will pave the way for your school to receive an eSafety Label, the European online safety accreditation service for schools!

Learning objectives

With a view to creating your own personalised eSafety strategy, in this MOOC you will:

  • Reflect on the importance of appropriate eSafety policies in a school context,
  • Identify the eSafety risks and challenges your school and students may face,
  • Learn how to embrace a whole-school approach and encourage all relevant parties (teachers, parents, school managements, ICT professionals, and so on) to develop an eSafety strategy tailored to your school’s needs.
  • Learn to implement, monitor and assess your eSafety strategy.

Prerequisites

This course is open to anyone interested in eSafety in a school context, but it is primarily designed for practising primary and secondary school teachers. Other stakeholders such as heads of schools, ICT teachers or parents may also benefit from this coursee.

Modules

  • Module 1: How to build an eSafety strategy
  • Module 2: Identifying eSafety challenges at your school
  • Module 3: Start building your strategy
  • Module 4: Implementing and monitoring your strategy

Certification

Each module includes some suggested learning activity that supports the design of an eSafety strategy to be submitted at the end of the course. The final learning activity consists of two mandatory elements: 1) submitting an eSafety strategy (as progressively defined during the course) and to peer-review 3 other participants' strategies. Both tasks are a pre-requisite in order to receive the Course Badge and the final Digital Certificate. During the first module of the MOOC, the participants will be provided with guidelines to develop their eSafety strategy and an eSafety strategy template including all the relevant sections required for the final strategy submission.

The final deadline to complete all activities is 27 November 2019, 23:59 CET.

Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as a valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.

Course Staff

Verónica Donoso (PhD) - course coordinator

Verónica is a Digital Literacy and Child Online Safety consultant with more than 16 years of experience in the field of children, digital technologies and internet safety. Verónica is the project coordinator of the EC-funded Social Media Literacy for Change project led by European Schoolnet and is a member of the Global Kids Online International Advisory Group.

Eray Basar - course coordinator

Eray initially served as a Web Editor intern for the School Education Gateway as well as the EUN Academy and the Teacher Academy at European Schoolnet. He currently holds the Junior Project Officer position in the Digital Citizenship Team and works on the Better Internet for Kids and eSafety Label+ projects.

Disclaimer and Copyright

The Content of this course represents the views of the authors only and is their sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

This course was developed within the eSafety Label+ (eSL+) project.

eSafety Label is a Europe-wide accreditation and support service for schools, aiming to provide a secure and enriching environment, for safe access to online technology as part of the teaching and learning experience. The eSafety Label portal aims to be a one-stop shop for teachers, heads of school and ICT administrators when it comes to evaluating their school’s online safety standards, taking action to improve and reinforce it, and sharing best practices among their peers. Thanks to the eSafety Label Community, which consists of almost 4,000 teachers and contact points (Ministries of Education, universities, Safer Internet Centres, etc.) from 38 countries, schools can review their own online safety infrastructure, policy and practices against national and international standards.

For more information about the project and eSafety activities, follow the eSafety Label website follow us on Facebook or send us an email at esafetylabel@eun.org.

 

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