January 20, 2016
This website was launched by the
UK Government as has resources for Parents and Carers, Teachers and Leaders covering education against hate.
The advice is very sensible and practical and is highly recommended.
As teachers you have a vital responsibility to safeguard the children in your care. Often you will notice behavioural changes in young people before their peers or even their parents. You also play a hugely important role in helping build the resilience of young people against all forms of harm, and preparing them for life in modern Britain.
You can help your pupils by understanding the factors underpinning extremism. By providing a safe space for them to debate controversial issues, you can also help them build the resilience and critical thinking skills they need to be able to challenge extremist arguments. This website will give you an understanding of extremism and radicalisation, what the warning signs are, and what action to take if you are concerned about the safety of a pupil.
October 27, 2015
Join the global celebration on 9th February!
Safer Internet Day 2016 will take place on the 9th February with the theme Play your part for a better internet!
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!
Click the links here to get involved or look at some of the activities on our Safer Internet Day page.
October 5, 2015
Since 2007 CEOP have been very clear in their training about the use of the correct terminology for child sexual abuse content. The Internet Watch Foundation have just released this image of why it is important, we certainly agree with them.
August 3, 2015
We are delighted to promote this event organised by Citizens Online. It is event for those working with anyone in the community.
Please contact Judie directly for more information and always please feel free to share to your networks.
March 30, 2015
The brilliant annual Safer Internet Day took place in February this year, the team behind it have launched this great video of young people’s promises. This can be an activity for any group to recreate with adults too. Everyone of course has a role in creating a safer internet! Well done though to the UK Safer Internet Centre.
#Up2Us, a film made by over 150 schoolchildren about their online experiences – both good and bad – which aims to inspire young people across the UK to do something kind online this Safer Internet Day. The film features children from schools across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and will be premiered at events across the UK
March 4, 2015
In Highland, we’re in the process of revamping a number of our E-Safety activities and resources guidance. Rather than focus on some key resources we’re putting the emphasis on Digital Literacy Skills linked to significant aspects of learning. Skills that can underpin lifelong behaviours and habits no matter what platforms or faddy apps come and go. We particularly like some of the progression frameworks that are provided in the 360 degree safe tool.
One activity we will not be recommending that teachers carry out is the ‘please like this picture and share it so my class can see how far it goes’ activity. Why? Well here’s a few thoughts… Approaches that emphasise that privacy settings are not a safeguard for inappropriate content or guaranteed confidentiality still remain key. However, although this is a well intended activity, it really does not facilitate the development of essential skills, it is more of a shock based approach, but it is flawed from the outset.
The image comes with an explicit plea / suggestion / command to ‘like and share’, friends, friends of friends etc will naturally feel more compelled to share – it therefore really does not present a meaningful example of a photo being liked and shared on its own merit. To that end it’s a bit like the old fashioned chain letter. If you want an example of something genuinely going unintentionally viral just look at the recent black and blue / white gold image.
The activity has the potential to cause distress and upset to the teacher as this recent example highlights. It is a reminder that pictures can be augmented yes, but no educational activity should ever place a teacher or educational professional in a situation of distress.
As part of our approach we ask everyone to become good role models, everyone has a role in creating a safer internet, not contributing to ever increasing unnecessary spam type reposts furnishing the ever present echo chambers that many news feeds have become. The idea that technology can offer opportunities for learners to be creative, develop their own individuality and content is much much more exciting.
Thanks to Simon Finch (Digitally Confident) for kicking off these discussions.
February 17, 2015
All educators have a role in helping learners to develop their digital literacy skills and online behaviours. Indirectly with good use of ICT in Learning and more directly with specific education regarding e-safety. This might be a useful resource then for anyone not just those teaching Internet Safety. It’s on Glow the Scottish Schools Intranet so only those with a Glow account can access. In Highland if you need support for your Glow account please contact the ICT in Learning Team – Louise Jones or Andy Robb.
On behalf of the Glow Team
The Internet Safety Teachers Network is a secure online community where teachers who are involved in Internet Safety education can update, share and discuss with each other information and approaches to teaching and learning.
Some of the features you will see in the site include:
- Useful Resources – Primary and Secondary including resources developed by Thinkuknow
- Monthly Conversations on hot topics using OneNote
- Video Discussions – An area where you can view and discuss videos used to teach Internet Safety
- Calendar of relevant activities and events
- Relevant Web Links
- Career Long Professional Learning
Check the site out at: www.bit.ly/internetsafetyedscot (You may need to login into Glow first before clicking the link)
Interested in seeing how Glow can be used to support teaching and learning for Internet Safety? Then why not have a look at what some schools have been doing in the Internet Safety – Learners site at: http://tinyurl.com/lkhaz5b.