School tablets require better digital security

Lack of internet safety expose pupils to cyber-bullying, EL workshop told


With the roll out of technology such as tablets in schools, not many have kept up with the security aspects and even fewer have a policy in place to manage cyber-bullying.
That’s according to University of Fort Hare (UFH) associate professor in the department of information systems Liezel Cilliers.
Two years ago, the university undertook a research project in a bid to assist schools in formulating a cyber safety policy.
Speaking at UFH’s annual masters and doctorate workshop at the Blue Lagoon in East London on Friday, UFH senior lecturer, Dr Naomi Isabirye said while embracing the fourth industrial revolution had been a global phenomenal, active intervention was needed in order for schoolchildren to embrace it.
“The schools’ safety framework does mention cyber-bullying, [but] not enough is said about cyber safety and with the enhanced use of ICT [information communications technology] in schools, the framework needs to be modified,” she said.
According to Isabirye, the enhancement of ICT use in Eastern Cape schools would inevitably expose pupils to cyber risk.
“Over the last six years the Eastern Cape department of education has been rolling out laptops and providing internet connectivity on a massive scale. The long-term vision is to enhance the use of ICTs in the classroom and some schools are already living this vision.
“Inevitably, learners will be using tablets and have access to the internet and inevitably the doors to cyber risks will be wide open,” she said.
Last November, the project started carrying out research in four local schools and have since established that:..

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