Locate a trainer

June 20, 2009

Louise Jones has created a Google Map to show the location of Trained Internet Safety and Responsible use Trainers in Highland.

Schools with CEOP Trainers (Purple Markers) purple-pushpin.white.png  

CEOP Ambassadors (Green Markers) grn-pushpin.white.png

Other Venues with CEOP Trainers (Yellow Markers)ylw-pushpin.white.png

See below or link to the live Google Map here

esafety map.tiff


How to Use the Parental Controls on Internet Explorer

June 16, 2009

At a recent inset one of the teachers asked about advising parents on setting up home PC’s so that young children do not access inappropriate web sites. Internet Explorer has parental controls that you can adjust according to what you do and do not want your children to be exposed to online. These parental controls can be adjusted according to a child’s age and your own values.



Step One

Go to Internet Explorer on your computer. Click on ‘Tools’ from the toolbar in the upper right-hand corner of the Web browser.


Step Two

Select the ‘Content’ tab.


Step Three

Find the ‘Content Advisor’ heading and click on the button labeled ‘Enable.’


Step Four

Choose a category from the list. This list will present you with a variety of content categories that you may not want your children to see, such as sites depicting drug or alcohol use, violent images, nudity or bad language.


Step Five

Click on the category you want to control. Then use your mouse to move the slider below the list to set the degree of restriction you want on that type of site. the degree of restriction can range from no restriction at all to the complete blocking of those sorts of sites.


Step Six

Click ‘OK.’


Step Seven

Set a password. You will be prompted to do so at this point. Setting a password will ensure that no one but you is able to adjust the parental control settings.


June 15, 2009


The Kidsmart web site have been completely revamped. It includes a lot of new games and resources on internet safety. Well worth investigating.

ESafety Quiz

June 11, 2009


The internet and mobile phones open up an exciting world for young people today, but with the benefits come some dangers and risks. Parents don’t want to stop their children using technology altogether, so what can they do to make sure their children are safe?

Do you know your spam from your spyware? As a parent there are things you need to know about keeping your kids safe online. Our e-safety quiz will help you find out whether you’re a techno-phobe or techno-tastic.

Next Generation Learning Esafety Quiz for parents. Try it to see how much you are aware of Esafety issues and young people.

Welcome to the web

June 8, 2009


Welcome to the Web“, created by Kent teacher Mark Warner, is an highly praised interactive set of on-line resources which teach children (an adults) about different aspects of the Internet. The latest update includes speech.

The resources are in split into seven sections:

  1. The Beginning – explains how to use the site.
  2. Getting Started Online – teaches children about the basic concepts involved in the Internet (World Wide Web, Hyperlinks, Back button etc). This introductory lesson also gives valuable practice in visiting and navigating around web sites.
  3. Staying Safe – encourages pupils to keep themselves safe online by following the SMART rules. Also tests their understanding usign interactive activities and fun quizzes.
  4. Using Your Browser – helps people to learn more about their web browsers… what are the different features and how are they used?
  5. Searching Online – teaches children how to search effectively, and keep themselves safe when doing so. Also identifies search engines which are particularly suitable for children to use.
  6. Trying Top Tricks – finding information on the net is great, but it is also important to know how that information can be used. This section explains about printing, using the Find tool to locate specific information within web pages, copying and pasting text, and saving images from the web. Also includes information about copyright and why it is important to credit others when you use their work.
  7. The Welcome to the Web Challenge – When the children have completed all of the sections of Welcome to the Web, they can complete this exciting challenge. It requires them to use all of the skills which they have learnt to catch the creator of a destructive computer virus!

When visitors complete the challenge, they are able to print a personalised certificate to show their competence in using the Internet.

Originally posted on the Kent ICT Blog

How to search for images safely online

June 1, 2009


Images can be an excellent teaching tool which can make it easier to teach difficult concepts, provide a stimulus for class discussion, or add visual appeal to a teacher’s presentation or pupils’ work. The internet can provide a wonderful source of images, many of them copyright free, but finding appropriate images can be a challenge.

Many major search engines offer pre-set image searching from the homepage, often with options to filter results. However such searches and filters generally work on the basis of filename and description, and so can lead to misleading, unexpected or inappropriate results, sometimes of an adult nature. While teachers may find search engine image searches useful in lesson preparation, they should always be used with care and caution, and it is probably wise not to use them ‘live’ within a classroom setting.

An alternative is to use specialist web-based image collections – sites which deal specifically with key subjects such as the arts, animals, history or scientific concepts. These have the benefit of being closed collections, monitored and moderated by specialists within their field. Many now have an educational focus and provide copyright permissions specifically for educational use.

5-14 Curriculum

This site is managed by Learning and Teaching Scotland and contains resources for primary and lower secondary education. It includes a collection of royalty-free illustrations and photos on topics such as seasons and the environment, the human body, numbers, signs and people from history.


ArtMagick is a non-profit virtual art gallery displaying a selection of works from more than 300 artists from the art movements of the 19th and early 20th centuries.


This is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students, consisting of thousands of images that have been donated by teachers, students and amateur photographers.

NASA Earth Observatory

The main purpose of this site is to provide free access to new satellite imagery and scientific information about Earth. Images are generally free to use, unless copyright statements indicate otherwise.

National Geographic

This National Geographic website provides access to an online photo gallery, organised by topic.

North Chadderton School

The North Chadderton School Global Community Zone provides listings of public domain images.

Living Library

Provided by RM, this website provides access to collections of clipart, sound and video, categorised by primary or secondary education. This is a subscription service.

Search engines for children with image resources

The following search engines are specifically for children and young people, and provide a source of images for use in the classroom. As with other websites, they should be used with caution – they may provide access to full web search facilities, or link to sites which may contain advertising or age-inappropriate content.

Ask for Kids

This is a fast, easy and safe way for kids to find answers to their questions online, and each website included in the service is selected by an editor. The site provides access to clip art through a link to Kaboose, a parenting and family website.


This service provides a page on image search tools, linking on to many third-party websites, mainly American in origin. Many of the linked sites are aimed at a more general audience and so may contain some age-inappropriate content, and so should always be used with caution.