Internet Safety: Student Photos and Photo Editing Tools

Online safety presents interesting challenges.

Starting out on this class blog,

Teacher decided to err on the side of caution

and so no photos or video footage where a child

can be identified are included.


Instead we try to get the originality,

character and personality of the students

across in other innovative ways.

For example we have used Audioboo,

Voki avatars,

worn hats

Sculpture Nine

 and other disguises.

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What started out as a blog policy decision

has become great fun;

part of what we are;

a game and an interesting challenge.

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Recently we noticed some other schools using

photo-editing tools to great effect

on Twitter and their school websites.

We imagine many of these are

available on ipads. We work on a laptop

so we have done some research

and some experimenting into what is available.


This was a journey with some complications

as a number of these tools seem to come

with their own malware and adware.

However we came up with two that are

well regarded. creates some great effects


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Group photos of students where no child is identifiable

by name may be the way to go, but we enjoy the challenge

we have set ourselves and it has become second nature.


There is an excellent article  on 

‘Pupil Safety on the School Website’ on Seomra Ranga,

should you want to read more about this important subject.

#SID Safer Internet Day, 11-2-14: Vimeo Video on Online Safety for Children 7-9 approximately

Tuesday 11th February 2014 is ‘Safer Internet Day’ 

This year’s theme is a positive one:

“Let’s create a better internet together”

This video is ‘age appropriate’

for 7-9 year olds approximately

and is a little over eight minutes long.

Do check it is suitable for your audience

before showing it.

‘Lee and Kim’s Magical Adventure’ for Internet Safety.

from ‘Locosoho’ on Vimeo

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Photo Credit: Thomas Galvez via Compfight

You also may find the following teaching suggestion helpful

for primary school children of all ages:

The Digital Citizen Survival Kit 

from the blog ‘Comfortably 2.o :

Ideas for Integrating Technology Into Your Classroom’.

2nd Class Room 6 got a lot out of this learning tool last year, 

and referred back to it often.

Other resources we have used on the topic of

Internet Safety are here.


An Invitation to Comment

To our studentstheir families, friends and other visitors


You are very welcome to our Classroom Blog.

During the year you will see class work here.

You are invited to make comments on this blog.


Our classroom rules are very simple:

‘Be kind. Be safe. Be fair.’

I would ask you to do this online also.


So when you make a comment on this blog

I would ask you to

Be safe.

During the year we will learn about being safe online.

Do not give your surname or address.


If you look through this blog you will see

that Teacher is careful to be safe.

She does not put any photographs

of children on the blog.


Be kind and fair.

Comments should be helpful and friendly.

Think about what you are going

to say before you write it.


Check what you have written

before you press ‘Submit Comment’.

Be careful to use the correct spelling.

Remember sentences begin

with a capital letter

and end in a full stop.



People see this as shouting online.


I hope you enjoy this blog.

I know you will like seeing your work here.


Teacher will just give your

first names with your work.

You should only use your first name

when you are making comments online.

Parents who leave comments

are asked not to use last names either.


How To Write Great Comments !

Really great advice from 4KM and 4KJ Leopold Primary School in Victoria, Australia

A link to their wonderful blog follows:


So how do you comment?

1. Click on the title of any post that you would like to comment on.

This will bring you to a version of this post

on which you can comment.


2. Scroll down the page to find the comment form

at the bottom of the post.


3. Write your first name only.


There is no need to enter an email address

if you are a student.

If you do enter an email address

only Teacher can see it.


4. Write your comment.


5. Enter the anti-spam word.

This proves that you are not a robot!


6. Now click ‘Submit Comment’


Please remember to use first names only.


Class Blog Rules

Learning about online safety is important.

We shouldn’t take it for granted

that children will learn this automatically.


Avatar Jack S has some useful advice

about staying safe online.


Being actively involved in this classroom blog

will help the children in Room 6

value and learn

appropriate online behaviour


We just use first names.

We don’t post personal information.


Avatar John Paul is going to talk to you

about being safe and

not talking to strangers online.

All comments are checked

and approved by Teacher

before they are posted online.


Kidsafe by Paul Klintworth on Flickr

Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 7th February, 2012

In school we are very conscious of Internet Safety.

When blogging in class, Teacher advises the children

in Room 6 on internet safety

in an age appropriate way,



Teacher explains that

you can’t believe everything

you read on the internet,

that we have to be careful

and that people may not

always be whom they claim to be.

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The children show great common sense

in these conversations.


Teacher feels that the children in 2nd Class, Room 6

know what is the safest thing to do in theory

but that they do need to be supervised online.


The internet is a very valuable educational tool.

However, it is also a portal to the outside world.

Parents may find the following links of interest.

It gives excellent advice about how to keep children safe online.



WEBWISE  is another useful resource for parents. Advice to Parents


Update 8th June 2013 

is  a ‘free resource for

teachers, parents & children

on how to protect yourself online

& prevent cyber-bullying’.