At the end of 2015, the Department of Education published a proposal to better ensure students are protected from harm online – requiring all schools to have a filtering system in place and that students learn about safeguarding. While the first element (filtering systems) is designed to help students stay safe in school, the second element (students learning about safeguarding) is there to help them stay safe out of the classroom.
“I seek to make students aware of how interconnected the world is,” said library consultant Terry Roper. “I want students to realise how wonderful this can be, as well as the downsides to this interconnectedness… I think it is important to model ethical use of information, appropriate digital etiquette, and web safety and to provide students with safe authentic experiences with online arenas.”
Britannica’s products include the likes of Britannica School, Britannica Library, Britannica E-books and Britannica Pathways: Science, each catering to a specific area of school life.
A librarian at Abingdon School added: “Teachers are grateful that they can point students towards a reliable source of information and so regularly use Britannica as the starting point for research assignments. If you want to wean students off Wikipedia and Google and help them become independent learners, Britannica is the way to go.”