Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Online Risk

By Ruth Wood and Shirley Atkinson.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: October 30, 2015 $US5.00

Constant developments in digital technologies and microelectronics allow children opportunities to access the online environment and interact with other individuals in new and increasingly creative ways. The potential for such industry is, however, accompanied by the possibility for harm. Developing an awareness of and resilience to online risk for children and young people has increasingly required that teachers become a focal point for delivering the online safety message. As part of the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) of primary practitioners, it is therefore necessary to address these issues and provide appropriate opportunities for student teachers to develop their knowledge, understanding and expertise in online safety in order to recognise how they might undertake a critical role in pupils’ developing understanding of staying safe when exploring the online environment. This small-scale research project therefore seeks to examine the awareness, understanding and perceptions of primary postgraduate students with regard to online risk with a view to informing the design and development of an appropriate programme of learning for ITT

Keywords: online Risk, Perception,, student teachers

The International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 30, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 476.182KB)).

Dr. Ruth Wood

Senior Lecturer in ICT in Education, School of Education, Kingston University, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, UK

Dr Shirley Atkinson

Lecturer, School of Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science & Environment), Plymouth University, Plymouth, Devon, UK