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Free eBooks for YHGfL member schools

As part of our on-going partnership with Rising Stars we are delighted to offer all YHGfL Schools a range of completely FREE eBooks. The eBooks can be read on any device, from PCs, netbooks and whiteboards to iPads, Kindles and iPod Touches. The permanent eBooks license allows their use by any number of students throughout the school and […]

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Reporting incidents on Facebook – Support for schools

February 4th, 2013 by Andrew


YHGfL has taken a prominent role in providing support for schools with guides relating to professionals’ use of Facebook and solutions to common issues. We have put together a series of links and frequently asked questions (FAQ) to help staff to guide young people and parents to manage problems that occur on Facebook.

The rise of Facebook has been a national phenomenon over recent years and its popularity has been unprecedented in the UK. Statistics show that, if Facebook was a country (in terms of population), then it would be the third largest in the world; ahead of the United States, Brazil and Pakistan. While for many users it has been a revolutionary way of being able to communicate with others, it has proved difficult to manage for schools, which have seen a rise in cases of cyberbullying and online abuse through Facebook.

The key issue for schools is how to support students (and in many cases parents) with advice on how to remove content or block users. Schools also need to be aware of safeguarding risks from potential predators and the steps to take if a child or young person is being groomed or abused through Facebook.

Click HERE to view our support for schools and guides on the YHGfL website

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Addressing the risks in using social media – 1 day workshop

May 31st, 2012 by Andrew

The use of social media over the past few years has had a dramatic impact on society and on the way we communicate. Unfortunately, in many educational institutions, there has been a negative effect with students (and in some cases staff) being the victims of online abuse. This YHGfL course will show how schools can use social media to have a positive impact on learning and communications with different stakeholders. The course will enable delegates to:

  • Review risk assessment procedures for schools setting up social networking pages
  • Look at how staff can use social media to have a positive impact on learning
  • Examine case studies about schools using social networking
  • Show how social networking can support the professional development of staff

To register and for further information click HERE and visit the YHGfL website

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New Facebook privacy setting

June 8th, 2011 by Victoria

Our friends at Sophos have made us aware of a new addition to Facebook privacy settings that is currently being rolled out. Using facial recognition technology Facebook will now automatically suggest your ‘Friends’ tag you in their photographs if any of their pictures look like you. The tagging is still done by your friends in the conventional way but it can mean that you are added to images much more frequently.

Remember, Facebook does not give you any right to pre-approve tags, if you are unhappy about being tagged in an image you have to visit each photograph and untag yourself- a potentially time consuming process particularly if you have Friends that upload hundreds of images at a time.

Sophos have produced a short blog post showing how to switch this setting off.

If you are on Facebook and want to keep yourself informed about the latest news from the world of internet security and privacy you could do a lot worse than join the Sophos Facebook page where they regularly discuss these issues and best practice.

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Primary Smartboard Goodies

March 2nd, 2011 by Victoria

Smartboard Goodies is a great blog that is packed with ideas, links and resources to use on a Smart Interactive Whiteboard. The site is the work of an American teacher and includes some American history resources but it’s worth delving a little deeper as there are some great links and downloadable files for different curriculum areas. The site is aimed at primary teachers but there are some items that Key Stage 3 teachers may find useful such as the Facebook Smart Notebook template.

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February 8 -Safer Internet Day

February 7th, 2011 by Andrew Lickley

Just to remind you again that YHGfL have a number of features on our Safer Internet Day 2011 site.

You can access:

  • KS3/4 Assembly PowerPoint & Notes
  • Guides to Facebook including a new booklet on dealing with Facebook issues in school and teachers tips/parental advice on using Facebook
  • Links to other resources.

Go to:

If you aware of any events taking place at any school in the region, I would be grateful if you could send any information and photos to

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Using Facebook to teach writing skills

February 1st, 2011 by Victoria

Not a week goes by without a story in the news mentioning social networking in some shape or form. Whether we love, hate or are indifferent to sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace etc. there is no getting away from the fact that it is one of the many ways that young people communicate with each other.

Within days of the 2008 Writing Task for Year 6 mentioning Pip Davenport it seems that the 19th century fairground ride inventor suddenly found himself with a whole host of Facebook pages celebrating his life, an activity that shows creativity and a degree of literacy skills.

Creating a Facebook page can be an incredibly useful activity for students and adds a fantastic dimension to their research. Instead of asking students to write a report or description of Henry VIII why not create a Facebook profile for him?  When developing characters in Literacy create their profile or tell a story through a Facebook wall. Ask your students to think about what the status update would be for various characters at key points in a text, perhaps “Hamlet is annoyed with his Mum” or “Romeo is missing his best friend.” This kind of activity also creates opportunities for discussing eSafety and privacy when online in a meaningful way.

Whilst Facebook is blocked in most schools it doesn’t mean that you can’t still take advantage of it. Technology for schools have produced an incredibly useful guide on writing a report using Facebook, it also includes a powerpoint template that can be used to create a profile. All of this can be done without ever having to visit the actual site.

The TES resource bank also has a Facebook template in both word and pdf format for you to use.

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Updated guide to Facebook

June 2nd, 2010 by Victoria

On May 26th Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a fresh round of changes to the privacy settings within Facebook. To read the full statement click here. In light of these new changes we have updated our popular guide Using Facebook Safely: a guide for professionals working with young people. The guide can be downloaded from our website. In the Autumn term we will be running a number of workshops about Facebook aimed at beginners, online booking for these courses will be available from the end of July.

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Facebook and CEOP Panic Button

April 12th, 2010 by Clare

Facebook has been under recent scrutiny for refusing to put a panic button on every page of the site linked to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) for users to alert them about potential paedophiles. The request was made by the Government and home secretary, Alan Johnson.
Phil Moore, Chief Executive of Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning (YHGfL), the region’s leading expert in eSafety, says:
“Unfortunately, despite the many benefits the Internet and social networking sites offer, they also have their disadvantages, so it’s vital that we put things in place to keep our children safe online. We firmly believe that the key to children staying safe is education. We support schools in the region to put in place the policies, infrastructure and education they need to ensure eSafety at a personal, organisational, network and data security level. Parents also need to understand the risks their children may be exposed to, and how they can supervise and support their children effectively.
“We work closely with CEOP and fully support their stance on issues around eSafety, especially if it ensures the safety of young people online. YHGfL and our member local authorities are here to provide support to ensure everyone can enjoy our technology-rich society in a safe and responsible way.”

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Q&A – Getting to facebook or Youtube in School

January 28th, 2010 by Andrew


My class has been talking about how to get to sites like Facebook and YouTube which are usually blocked from within school. They say there are ‘proxy websites’ which you can use. I don’t understand what these are, can you explain? 


Usually access to websites from within a school goes through a piece of software that sits on a server that is called a local proxy. This proxy allows multiple machines from within a school (or LA) to connect to the Internet through a single line, similar to how your wifi router works at home, allowing all internet traffic to go through the one telephone line rather than having to have a telephone line per computer. The local proxy is also used to provide some security and decides whether to allow access to a requested website or not.

In the most basic terms, the local proxy will have a list of good and bad websites. When a request is made for a website, the proxy will check the address against its lists and will block it if it is on the bad list. Proxy avoidance or proxy bypass sites work by having a seemingly innocuous web address, unlikely to be on the bad list, so it does not get blocked by the local proxy.

This website then has an engine as part of the site that allows the user to go to a site that would have been blocked by the local proxy. As fast as the filtering software blocks proxy bypass sites, others spring up. It is difficult for that reason to block these sites completely, but by deploying lists constantly updated from the web (or your filtering provider) in conjunction with content fi ltering which scans pages for keywords that are common on this type of site, the vast majority are blocked.

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Using Facebook safely

January 15th, 2010 by Andrew

Safer Internet Day 2010 is nearly upon us, and the theme this year is ‘Think Before You Post’.

At YHGfL we believe it’s not just young people that need to ‘think before they post’. It’s important that adults who work with children and young people also think about how they use technology, both in work and in their personal life, to ensure they don’t put themselves at unnecessary risk.

We know that many staff enjoy using Facebook but may find it difficult to know what settings they should choose to help keep themselves safe. YHGfL have produced a handy guide to help them out. This guide takes you through some of the risks and shows you the settings you can change to help protect yourself.

You can find our guide on our website at and while you’re there why don’t you see if you can come up with some other ways of celebrating Safer Internet Day.

we also have a copy for download HERE (in pdf format)

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