UK’s South West Grid for Learning Promotes “Cybertraps for Educators”

At the 2014 Annual Conference of the Family Online Safety Institute, I had the pleasure of meeting of Ken Corish, the Senior Manager responsible for Compliance and the UK Safer Internet Centre at the South West Grid for Learning, a not-for-profit charitable trust in the United Kingdom that provides a wide range of products, services and solutions designed specifically for education. It was one of those semi-random conversations that occurs in the hallways between conference sessions, but it quickly became apparent that we shared a lot of professional interests and goals.

Over the last several months, I’ve had a number of follow-up conversations with Ken about ways in which we might work together. The first concrete step occurred earlier this week, when my book Cybertraps for Educators was added to the SWGfL online book store. I’m excited about the opportunity to introduce this book to educators in the United Kingdom, particularly since a number of my examples of digital misconduct were drawn from that region.

In the months to come, I’ll be working with Ken and the SWGfL on collection of resources called the Schools’ Reputation Toolkit. We’ll be developing tools that schools and school districts can use to educate the public regarding digital misconduct, identify potential problems within the schools, respond appropriately when incidents do occur, and take steps to address procedural weaknesses and ethical lapses. Watch this space for further updates.

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