HOW TO safeguard online learners

by | Dec 14, 2010 | Articles

If young people and vulnerable adults are using e-learning resources  in our workplace, how can we safeguard them against the risks of working online?

Checklist for organisations engaging young adults in their workplace e-learning through apprenticeship schemes or workplacements. 

Organisations have both legal and statutory duties to safeguard the welfare of all learners when making use of ICT.  There are a variety of legal issues to consider within the e-safety context, including cyber-bullying; harassment; defamation; hosting liability and data protection.

If you are developing and distributing digital course content and services that communicate over social networks, email, SMS, instant messaging and other Web 2.0 tools, you have an important role to play to consider online safety issues and prevent misuse, particularly if your learners are under 18.

88% of organisations taking part in the 2010 Towards Maturity benchmark offer e-learning for general IT user skills, including web and internet skills . Many already include e-safety awareness in the programme content but if you don’t we hope this resource will help you get started. But we are not always teaching adults – 38% are also providing e-learning through their apprenticeship schemes.

This HOW TO draws on established guidance from Becta, JISC and others to provide an  employer friendly e-safety checklist and links to resources on internet safety issues.

This HOW TO is aimed at those who are teaching younger people on apprenticeship and work experience schemes and need a straightforward guide to the legal and policy environment for safeguarding learners online.

The following checklist is not intended to be prescriptive or to give a complete guide to the current legal framework, but may help you develop your organisational e-safety policy and therefore enhance the e-safety of your learners. We’ve also included useful resources at the end of the list for you to find out more.

It includes support to help you

  • Review your organisation’s e-safety awareness
  • Review your current guidelines and policy
  • Considerations for IT systems and learner resources
  • Useful links (further advice)
  • Useful learning resources and courses
  • Relevant legistlation

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