Educators have a duty to inform young people about the dangers of the Internet, and Internet Safety has been a feature of the curriculum for years. Internet safety often focuses on real and immediate dangers which face young people such as being stalked or groomed by adults on social media or the toxic effects of cyberbullying. This work is very important and young people do need strong guidance about how to deal with these threats. But there are also a whole range of other Internet safety issues which should be considered. These are less about physical threats and more about young people understanding how to use the Internet ethically and responsibly.
It is becoming widely accepted that information on the Internet when used incorrectly or misunderstood can be a threat to democracy. Schools needs to address this and ensure that young people are well informed and can use the Internet to assist them in making decisions about their lives without being misled or at worst radicalised to belief in dangerous ideologies.
In this integrated approach to teaching Internet use, subjects such as ‘fake news’ would be taught alongside more obvious safety issues. Young people would be made aware of the processes which create fake news and how this spreads. There is a growing trend now for the ‘deep fake’ with technology and AI used to create a convincing fake news scenario with video evidence of an event which is totally realistic but yet never happened. In order to counter this, strategies for cross checking and triangulating information on the web need to be taught so students do not rely on a single source of material or get trapped in a ‘filter bubble’.
At Prowise we always consider the safety of the teachers and students using our software and hardware. That’s why Wizenoze’s platform, The Web for Classrooms, will be fully integrated in our free education software Prowise Presenter. With the Web for Classrooms, teachers and students have access to over 1.8 million informative web pages, retrieved from reliable sources. This is a very useful addition to the resources schools have to bolster their teaching about using the Internet responsibly.
Wizenoze uses an Artificial Intelligence engine to rank websites by readability. This means students can access material suitable for their literacy skills. Often students read material online which is too advanced for their reading level so they have a fragmented or partial understanding of what they have read. By giving them access to web content which they can understand fully, Wizenoze can help students learn better for academic subjects and become better informed about issues which affect them. Wizenoze would work really well when combined with a range of teaching material about staying safe and using the Internet responsibly.
In addition to using the internet safely, Prowise make sure your personal data is always in good hands. Users of our hardware and software products shouldn’t have to worry about their personal data or the personal data of their students. The fair and lawful processing of these data is a top priority nowadays. At Prowise, we protect personal data with the greatest possible care. This is reflected in the Privacy Verified seal and ISO 270001* certification.
*This certification applies to Prowise BV, Prowise GmbH, Prowise R&D and Bordrijk Holding.