Teachers Educate Themselves About the Risks of Social Media

Thirty-one teachers at Wistaston Church Lane Primary School were the first in the UK to complete a StaySocialSafe course, aimed at educating teachers on the risks and opportunities of using social media at work and at play.

James Bancroft, deputy head said, “Our school believes that social networking presents a real opportunity for communicating with parents and the community effectively. We recognise the role that platforms like Facebook and Twitter will play in the lives of our pupils in the future. It is vital that our staff have an understanding of the opportunities social networking presents, and also the potential risks of social media in order to protect themselves and our pupils in the future. StaySocialSafe delivered an outstanding course which trained our staff, who have vastly different experiences of using networking. Our staff feel happy that they can enjoy social networking responsibly and we feel more confident about teaching about the e-Safety issues around the internet.”

Participate Ltd launched its StaySocialSafe service in response to growing concerns about how social media is used at work and at play. Social media is truly a revolution in the way we communicate. But already there is evidence that people don’t always understand, how to use it appropriately and the consequences of getting it wrong.

A teacher in Hull facing the sack because of comments made on social media

A Housing Manager in Trafford demoted and pay cut due to comments made to “friends”

Virgin Airways staff sacked for comments made about the company


Employees tweeting negative comments about clients by accident on the company twitter handle.

Having a social media policy offers some protection but, on its own, it is not enough because social media is such a fundamental shift in human communications.

Participate’s StaySocialSafe service has been designed to give people and organisations the confidence to use social media at work and at play without getting themselves or their employer into disrepute (often by accident).


The briefing and seminar sessions are designed to ensure that:


Staff understand how they should use social media at work and at play


Staff know how to manage security settings and behaviour to protect their private lives


Organisations do not lose key staff through a lack of understanding of safe behaviour in social media


Organisations protect themselves from inappropriate social media broadcasting by staff.


More information can be found at www.staysocialsafe.com

Perfect the Past Tense for GCSE French

Perfect the Past Tense for GCSE French is a resource which will give your students structured practice in a complex grammatical area which is vital to their success at GCSE.

It comprises a pack of photocopiable worksheets which will guide them step by step through the rules and uses of the perfect tense and help them to gain a ‘C’ or above at GCSE level. Explanations are clearly illustrated with plenty of examples to work through, and answers are included at the back of the book. Most of the exercises are designed to be worked through on an individual basis but there are also a couple of games which can be played in small groups.

Perfect the Past Tense has been designed and written by French teachers and tested in class where it proved to be immensely beneficial.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/modlang/T1675.pdf

ISBN: 978 1 86083 730 2; Order code: T1675emn

The volume is available as…

Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
CD with school-wide rights: £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
Both the Ring Binder and the CD £26.94 plus £3.95 delivery
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Think b4 u Post Your Reputation and Privacy on Social Networking Sites

A person normally wouldn’t shout out the details of a private meeting or give a credit card to a total stranger – yet in effect that’s what people do when they post indiscreetly on social networking sites or are duped by phishing scams.

Social networking has transformed our society – many people of all ages now conduct business, interact with friends, meet new people, and take part in financial transactions via social networking sites.

While there are tremendous benefits to these opportunities and connectivity, there are also hidden dangers and common pitfalls. Even unintentional or seemingly harmless online actions can damage an individual’s security and reputation.

Think b4 u Post is a new DVD resource for classroom presentation and pupil reference that uses a light touch to deliver some very serious information on how people can protect their reputation and guard their privacy online while still having a good time using social networking sites.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES: – after viewing the 22-minute programme, including free downloadable support material, students will be able to:

Recognise the benefits and potential pitfalls of social networking
Enhance decision-making capabilities around online behaviour
Adopt simple activities to increase internet safety
Recognise and avoid online scams and criminal activity
Make positive social choices while interacting online.
Think b4 u Post doesn’t try to limit the fun and practicality of online interaction and social networking sites; conversely, it provides insight to enhance your online experience to keep you texting, posting, and emailing safely for years to come.

Order on approval from Viewtech Educational Media for only £36 (includes public performance rights discounted for use within a single educational establishment, excluding p&p and VAT.

To order click here and then complete your order details online. Quote promotional discount code: TBP378 at the checkout and then choose to “Order Now” and pay against our invoice or “Buy Now” for payment by credit/debit card. Orders are normally despatched by post next-working day.

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