Crevits launches ICT eSafety label for schools

Summary

Flanders is taking part in the European project eSafety in order to improve school policies around social media use and ICT security in general

Improving cyber safety

Flemish education minister Hilde Crevits has launched the eSafety label for schools in Flanders, on the occasion of Safer Internet Day, organised by the European Commission. The label is based on a European project that supports schools in their development of ICT safety.

Cyberbullying and difficulties with the privacy aspects related to the use of social media are common problems in both primary and secondary schools across Europe.

The eSafety programme allows schools to map their own ICT security. The programme analyses ICT infrastructure and a school’s policy on social media. On the basis of the results, each school will receive a customised action plan to deal with any perceived weak areas in school policy or ICT security.

When a school reaches certain standards, it receives one of three possible eSafety labels: gold, silver or bronze. Participating schools also get access to an array of learning instruments and information. Teachers, ICT co-ordinators and principals are encouraged to exchange experiences and tips.

The eSafety label is an initiative of European Schoolnet and was created in collaboration with a number of high-level companies and eight European ministries of education.

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