Resources to Support Education Against Hate

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.


Young People’s Promises

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 

Can I Be Your Friend?

May 13, 2014

From time to time, links to video clips which are particularly effective and worth sharing with pupils and parents alike, will be posted on this blog.

The link below is to a fun video clip (created by English National Opera) which ably demonstrates how our actions, requests and even terminology used in the ‘online world’ can look very silly and desperate when translated into the ‘real’ world. This clip was shown to P6 and P7 pupils at Milton of Leys Primary yesterday (Mon 12th May’14) and generated much discussion and proved to be more thought provoking than originally expected.


New CEOP Resources on Webcam Abuse

September 26, 2013


CEOP Webcam

The Highland E-Safety Group receive regular emails from CEOP with their news and latest resources. We wish to highlight their very latest resources on Webcam abuse designed for use in secondary schools or older pupils. These resources must be used in the right context in schools and as part of a planned approach to e-safety and wider health and wellbeing. As always, education of a sensitive nature must be facilitated with support, guidance and in a safe environment. Highland teachers and professionals are trained to do this and further support is available from the the partners organisations involved in Highland E-Safety.

Please feel free to share this post with your colleagues. If you require any further help or support in Highland please do not hesitate to contact us on 01463 702000 asking for Louise Jones or Eliz McIntosh. These resources can be accessed by those who have signed up on the website as a practitioner.

In Highland – What should I do if I am concerned about a child? Tell someone what your concerns are – speak to a teacher, a doctor, a social worker, a police officer or school nurse. Phone 01463 703488 for general enquiries email: For information on the work of the Highland child protection committee go to


Transcript of a CEOP Briefing

As you may have seen in the media, CEOP today warned of a concerning rise in the use of webcam by sex offenders to blackmail children and young people online.

We’re asking schools and youth organisations to run assemblies to raise awareness amongst young people of this type of crime. There’s a full pack of resources available to download now.

We want all young people to know that if they are being threatened online, if they’ve shared something they regret, it’s never too late to get help.

Young people might feel like there is no way out but they can always report to CEOP online at  or visiting the CEOP Safety Centre  The NSPCC have set up a dedicated helpline for young people suffering this type of crime, which will be open 24/7 throughout September and October 2013. Please publicise this number with the children and young people you work with:

NSPCC helpline: 0800 328 0904

Young people can also call Childline on 0800 1111

New resources – We’re asking schools and youth organisations to run assemblies or lessons to raise awareness amongst young people of this type of crime.

To help you do so we’ve launched Webcam with Confidence, a suite of resources including:

  • A fully scripted presentation for use as an assembly or lesson
  • A factsheet to handout to young people
  • A letter you can send or email to parents encouraging them to talk to their children about this type of crime

These can be downloaded from the Thinkuknow resources area at: You will find the pack under the ’11-16′ tab.

Webcam abuse: the facts

CEOP have investigated a number of cases in which sex offenders have used blackmail to force young people to perform sexual acts on webcam.

Typically online sexual blackmail happens as follows:

  • An offender makes contact with a young person. This can happen anywhere online, including on a social network, in a chatroom, in a game or even on their mobile.
  • The offender begins a conversation and tricks the young person into sending them an indecent picture, appearing naked or performing sexual acts on webcam. They trick them in a variety of ways including: pretending to be a girl or boy of the same age, pretending to be someone the child knows, flirting with them or sending them sexual pictures or videos.
  • The offender records the webcam footage. They then threaten to share the video with the young person’s friends or family if they don’t perform more sexual acts. Some young people have been threatened for money or told to hurt themselves.

This has happened to hundreds, potentially thousands, of young people in this country.

This is sexual abuse. The emotional impact can be devastating. A number of young people have attempted suicide as a result of finding themselves in this situation.

Help us break this cycle of abuse. Download the lesson resources now.





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  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.

E-Safety Messages delivered as part of Safe Highlander

September 27, 2012

As reported in the John O’Groat Journal 

Fujitsu’s Alistair Millar with pupils at the Safe Highlander event.

Fujitsu’s Alistair Millar with pupils at the Safe Highlander event.

SCHOOL pupils from across the far north learned about the dangers of online stalking as part of an internet safety programme that has been rolled out across the Highlands. Over 300 primary seven pupils took part in Caithness Safe Highlander which was held at Wick Assembly Rooms as part of a community safety and crime prevention project.IT firm Fujitsu provided an internet safety set to highlight some of the dangers of providing personal information online. The exercise, called Becky’s Room, gave pupils a short amount of time to discover as much personal information about the fictional Becky as they could from looking around her mock bedroom. The pupils were then shown Becky’s online social network profile which provided information from her personal posts and photos which were left open for public viewing.

The pupils were asked to think about the risks Becky could encounter as a result of this information being widely available. Alastair Millar, Fujitsu service manager on the Highland Council project, said during previous internet safety sessions Fujitsu staff discovered over 90 per cent of 2500 primary seven pupils taking part had at least one social network account, while some had several.

They also found that competitions among friends to accumulate the most online “friends” meant they were giving vital access and information to many people they did not know.

“The pupils in Caithness demonstrated a similar degree of experience of social networking sites and were able to give examples of incidents that had occurred with friends and family,” he said.

“These sites can be a useful way for young people to communicate with their friends and others but it is important they are aware of the potential dangers so they can be used safely.”

The advice is part of Fujitsu’s community benefits programme which is an offshoot of its £66 million programme to upgrade and manage Highland Council’s corporate and schools computer networks. The programme helps tackle challenging issues of community safety and crime prevention by making young people more aware of personal safety, helping them to avoid becoming victims of crime and understand how to react to emergency situations.

Wick councillor Gail Ross, who opened the event, recognised the importance of teaching young children how to use the internet safely. “As a mother, I feel very strongly about keeping our youngsters safe. With the use of social media on the rise and the access children have to the internet, it is particularly important to ensure they have the knowledge about the possible dangers to be found online.”