Safe emergency remote teaching and learning during COVID-19

Through Better Internet for Kids (BIK), and the European Network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs), our aim is to empower children and young people to remain safe online, and equally assist those that support them. During the time of the coronavirus pandemic, Safer Internet Centres have published a number of articles and resources on safe emergency remote teaching and learning during COVID-19.

Date 2020-05-11 Author BIK Team Section awareness Audience teachers, educators and professionals

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  • Safe remote learning (in English). Whether your school is closed or not, schools may be considering moving learning online. South West Grid for Learning gives you the lowdown on organising classes online so that safeguards are adequately considered and are trouble-free.
  • Advice on safe remote learning amidst coronavirus (in English). In these unique times, when UK schools are closed for indefinite periods of time to limit the spread of COVID-19, attention is drawn to strategies that allow learning to continue without the physical geography of school. The broader debate on whether technology should/should not be integrated into learning has been temporarily disrupted to consider how we can use connectivity and devices to sustain education in these unusual days.
  • Working remotely? - advice for professionals and parents from POSH & RHC (in English). As young people spend more time online, now more than ever, online safety is a number one priority. Whether you're a professional now working from home, or a family member now taking on the role of ‘educator', this article from the UK Safer Internet Centre brings you information on the full ins and outs.
  • Coronavirus, what you need to know - professionals and parents (in English). So you're probably settled in now – you've got a playlist on the go and the thought of redecorating the lounge has probably entered your mind. But as we enter the world of remote learning, there are some things we need you to know. Now, more than ever, online safety is a number one priority. Whether you're a professional now working from home or a family member now taking on the role of ‘educator', SWGfL has useful information for you.
  • Cybersecurity in online learning and remote working (in Estonian). During the COVID-19 pandemic we have moved to the digital world. This means that cybercriminals are also more active in finding opportunities for cybercrime. HITSA has put together some guidelines that might be helpful for emergency remote teaching or working from home.
  • Tips for parents on how to prepare a child for remote learning (in Latvian). Given the Latvian government measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, students have to stay at home and use a computer or a smart device to continue their lessons. As risks online have not diminished, safe use of the internet is thus becoming more important than ever., the Latvian Safer Internet Centre, has prepared five tips to stay safe online during emergency remote learning.
  • Tips for teachers and parents to help children learn safely and effectively online (in Lithuanian). Since emergency remote learning started in Lithuania, children spend a lot of time online. Organising online lessons creates new challenges for both students and teachers. The Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania (RRT), together with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania and the National Education Agency, have prepared recommendations for teachers on how to conduct remote lessons safely and effectively. RRT has also prepared tips for parents on how to help their children stay safe online during this special period.
  • Let's act responsibly through distance learning (in Lithuanian). The National Education Agency, in co-operation with the Lithuanian police, has developed recommendations for parents and teachers to carry out distance learning in a safe way.
  • Safety recommendations for distance learning for Portuguese schools (in Portuguese). The Directorate-General for Education (DGE) from the Portuguese Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Centre and the National Data Protection Commission, has produced a set of recommendations and guidelines for teachers and educators to abide by when using digital technologies to support distance learning.
  • DGE webinars: Safety in distance learning. In view of the current emergency remote teaching and learning context, the Portuguese General-Directorate for Education has promoted six webinars with well-known specialists in themes related to distance learning contexts. Overall, these webinars covered ethical and safety issues such as: safe use of online learning platforms; communication management and relationships in distance learning; data protection; copyright and disinformation; ethics and responsibility in distance learning, and cybersecurity of organisations. These webinars were attended by 3,000 teachers and recordings are available on the Portuguese SIC's website.
  • Webinar "Safe internet use for teachers" (in Slovenian). Professors Tjaša Jerman Kuželički and Benjamin Lesjak hosted a webinar on 16 April 2020 during which they discussed the importance of safe use of the internet in schools, and its legal aspects.
  • Cybersecurity tips for teachers telework (in Spanish). Working as a teacher from home can be new, but it can also be an opportunity to develop lessons in an innovative and motivating way. While we adapt to the new working and communication methods, we need good online safety habits more than ever before. Internet Segura for Kids has complied five guidelines to work from home in a cyber-secure way.

Remember that European Safer Internet Centres also provide helpline services allowing children and young people, and parents and carers to access personalised advice and support. Equally, each SIC also provides a hotline for reporting any illegal content you mind find online. Don't hesitate to contact them in case of need!

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