Be Safe and Keep Others Safe Online! Guidance for Parents and Carers

March 8, 2013

On behalf of the Highland E-Safety Group I am pleased to highlight to you our new offering of guidance for Parents and Carers, but actually it’s going to be useful for anyone interested in safety online. This is a 4 page article which is going out as a supplement with the April edition of the  Highland Life Magazine

Feel free to download here Be Safe and Keep Others Safe When Online and share with anyone you feel would benefit from reading it. It has been written to reflect a balanced approach, acknowledging benefits and offers practical tips for Parents and Carers to share with their children. There’s a few links and ideas to get folks thinking too thrown in for good measure.

Thank you to The Highland Council, Health and Social Care service who supported the publication.

Be Safe and Keep others Safe Online

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Safe Searching on YouTube

March 7, 2013

Following on from the post earlier about reporting illegal or concerning content to the Internet Watch Foundation, I happened to find out about this seriously good little clip from my good colleagues in Falkirk, link to their fabulous Curriculum Support Team here. The short clip is great for supporting teachers, parents / carers and pupils about using YouTube. It gives options for searching safely, reminding folks about local authority filters  and how to flag unsuitable content.

In Highland, to support learning and teaching, YouTube is openly available for all teachers and educators on our Local Authority network. For all pupils, primary and secondary, we have made available the category of YouTube ‘Education’. For more information on YouTube Edu please click here.

Thanks to Stuart Lennie in Falkirk for sharing this with us!


Reporting Online Criminal Content

March 7, 2013

Be Safe and Keep Others Safe Online’ is a little motto we have begun to use here, it sums up the approach we are taking in our advice and guidance. We believe that everyone has a role in making the internet and the sites we use safer in terms of content, conduct and contact. We recognise that we all have a role to play, even if it is by modelling good use of social media sites, communication tools and mobile devices or reporting content that raises concerns. The Highland E-Safety Group soon will be  releasing a new guide for parents and carers and we will go into some of these thoughts in detail. It will be published here for download soon.

We often get asked how to report content online and we direct people to the Internet Watch Foundation www.iwf.org.uk  Reporting anything can be worrying for the person reporting it so the IWF have provided a short clip on  how you can report content that you believe should not be there and how you are protected as the person reporting it. This can be content anywhere on the internet and no matter where it has originated.