ERIC Number: EJ824887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
E-Safety and Web 2.0 for Children Aged 11-16
Sharples, M.; Graber, R.; Harrison, C.; Logan, K.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v25 n1 p70-84 Feb 2009
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.
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Social Networks, Children, Adolescents, Surveys, Interviews, Child Safety, Safety Education, Social Environment, Risk, Bullying, Cheating, Expertise, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Influence of Technology, Internet
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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