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E-safety and Web 2.0 for children aged 11–16

Sharples, M.; Graber, R.; Harrison, C. and Logan, K. (2009). E-safety and Web 2.0 for children aged 11–16. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 25(1) pp. 70–84.

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This paper reports findings from a survey and interviews with children aged 11–16 years, teachers and parents on their attitudes to e-safety in relation to social networking and media creation (Web 2.0) and their practices at school and at home. The results showed that 74% of the children surveyed have used social network (SN) sites and that a substantial minority regularly interact socially online with people they have not met face-to-face. Online interaction forms a different, although overlapping, social space to that of face-to-face friendships. Despite a desire from some teachers to explore the benefits of Web 2.0 for creative and social learning, they report being constrained by a need to show a duty of care that avoids worst-case risk to children, to restrict access to SN sites. The respondents also report more direct concerns about Internet bullying and exam cheating. We also report a Policy Delphi process with a panel of 30 people with expertise in Web 2.0 and e-safety. The panel reached a general consensus that schools should move towards allowing access to Web 2.0 sites, with children being educated in responsible and creative learning.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Authors
ISSN: 1365-2729
Keywords: Web 2.0; e-safety; social network; education policy
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 29776
Depositing User: Mike Sharples
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 15:15
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 08:57
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