E-Safety Live Briefing Comes to Inverness

April 19, 2013

E-Safety LIve Briefing

We are very pleased to announce that there will be an E-Safety Live Briefing in Inverness on the 16th May 2013. This event is brought to us by the partnership that includes Childnet International, South West Grid for Learning, Internet Watch Foundation and UK Safer Internet Centre. All of these organisations are heavily promoted in our e-safety work here, so it’s great to meet them in person and welcome them to Highland.

The Highland E-Safety Group will be in attendance too and on hand to provide local information and support the event. This is a opportunity to hear the latest in developments in the world of E-Safety. It is ideal for anyone working with children and young people from any organisation or sector, voluntary or private. The more the merrier! We’d be really keen to ensure this news travels far and wide so please do pass on to any colleagues who you may feel would benefit from attending.

Please go to their website www.swgfl.org.uk/News/E-Safety-Live/Home to reserve your place. All registration will be handled through the this site and the E-Safety Live team.


New Internet Safety Training Video from LTS

December 8, 2010

Learning and Teaching Scotland have cleverly provided an instruction video (runs for about an hour) that can be used as an awareness session for any professionals or parents / carers.

Ollie Bray, National Adviser for Emerging Technologies for Learning, explains the background to the creation of the tutorial here. Ollie has worked closely with Highland in developing their approaches to E-Safety and has been extremely helpful in supplying news, views and guidance.

The full clip and supporting guidance can be found here.

Why not use it as a Safer Internet Day activity as a CAT session for staff?

Digital Footprints before Birth??

October 21, 2010

AVG have conducted some very interesting research summarised in the AVG Nursery  Infographic.

Babies and Children born now will have a much easier time accessing a ‘dossier’ of their life history as parents seem to share so much more information about young family members online.

What traditionally has been photos or antenatal scans included in baby books or family albums are now being increasingly posted and shared online. I’m sure most young people cringe when they go back home at a later stage only for the ‘bottom drawer’ family albums and mementos to come out! But what if they were online from the beginning? Thanks mum! But some parents or carers might not see any harm in what they are doing…….now.

This might seem to be on the face of it, fairly amusing, but what happens when the picture of home life isn’t so rosy, children become abused or stalked later in life, what if  they become looked after or for what ever reason need to be protected for someone harmful. What if they go on to be famous, wish not to have a public life etc? Just a few issues that could be considered when discussing this.

The full article about this research can be found here, courtesy of AVG. I’m particularly thankful to them for producing the infographic and allowing it be used freely.

We would recommend this is added to any internet safety evening presentations for parents / carers you might be developing. We will include this aspect in our Internet Safety and Responsible Use Training courses.

The use of social networks has had a major impact for adoptive families,  communications with birth families previously carefully managed through agencies has been become increasing difficult due to the ease of people tracing and contacting family members through social networking sites.

Two really helpful books have been produced by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) if you wish to know more.

Facing up to Facebook, A Survival Guide for Adoptive Families

Social Networking and Contact, How social workers can help adoptive families.

Thanks also to my colleague Ollie Bray he highlighted the AVG research too on his recent blog

Smokescreen – New Resource for Promoting Safety Online

May 6, 2010

“You don’t know me, but I know you…”

In Highland, the E-Safety folk are always on the look out for new and exciting resources. This new game could be just perfect for use in a wide range of settings with young people. It was created by a company called ‘Six to Start’ for Channel 4.

Smokescreen is a cutting-edge game about life online. We all use Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and MSN to keep up with our mates – and we’ve all heard the stories about parties on Facebook being mobbed, or people getting stalked on MSN. The question is, what would you do if it happened to you?

Over 13 missions, Smokescreen follows the story of Max Winston and Cal Godfrey, two mates who’ve set up an exclusive social network called White Smoke. After Cal’s involved in a car accident and falls into a coma, White Smoke becomes huge – and starts attracting huge problems. Each mission sees you explore the world of White Smoke, and find out who you can trust – and who you can’t.

If you have a go at this game, please let us know what you think? Can it contribute to any of the Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes….?

A quick reminder….

Health and Wellbeing – Mental, Emotional, Social and Physical Wellbeing

“I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible”.


“By considering ways to protect technological devices, I can act safely and responsibly when selecting and using different technologies to communicate and collaborate”.

“I am developing my knowledge and use of safe and acceptable conduct as I use different technologies to interact and share experiences, ideas and information with others”.

New CEOP Research

April 29, 2010

More than one in five young people aged 11 to 16 are sharing personal details with strangers online, according to research commissioned by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

The research was based on a survey conducted among 1,700 11- to 16-year-olds in the UK. It shows that more than 20 per cent of respondents have shared details such as their full name, where they go to school and photos of themselves, with people they only know online.

Professor Julia Davidson of Kingston University, who led the study, also found that one in five children have been bullied or threatened via the internet.

“A significant proportion of teenagers engage in behaviour that adults would consider risky, such as posting personal information and photos of themselves,” she said. “This is often viewed as acceptable by young people. We need to better understand teenagers’ online behaviour in order to develop more effective policy and safety practices.”

The study examined young people’s knowledge of internet safety and the impact of internet safety training including CEOP’s ThinkUKnow campaign. The campaign provides information, advice and teaching resources to help children and young people stay safe online.

Downloading Music Advice and Introducing Copyright

April 10, 2009


One area we cover on our Internet Safety and Responsible Use training is downloading music. We recommend the Pro-music / Childnet leaflet that can be donloaded here.

This website  www.pro-music.org is a must for all wanting to find out more, it’s suitable for young people, parents and all professionals. It could also be used as a context for learning.

 It’s a global resource that covers all the news and views, do’s and don’t about using the internet legitmately to access music. Why not put it on your favourites page?

I would see this featuring as a key part of a program of Internet Safety in schools and it could also be considered in curriculum areas such as Expressive Arts, Technologies, Health and Wellbeing..I would also add Literacy in there as you could be looking at skills for critical thinking and searching the ownership / validity of text

Why not try it and let us know how you get on? You could show pupils during a lesson and discuss favourite sites, what music is most downloaded? You could use this as a way to begin to introduce issues of copyright. It’s got a great page that explodes myths which again can be great discussion tools.

Once the subject of copyright is introduced you could also use some of the teaching resources highlighted here by the World Internet Property Organisation.

Please feel free to add comments or more ideas, I’m sure there are plenty!

Training News

April 8, 2009
28th May 2009

28th May 2009


The Highland E-Safety Group have spent the Easter hols reflecting on the recent training that has been provided in Highland.

As well as the half-day ‘Internet Safety and Responsible Use’ courses there have been a number of bespoke sessions delivered for a range of professionals and parents. This has included sessions for the following groups:





  • Youth Workers / Intensive Support Unit Staff
  • Foster Carer Link Workers
  • Children’s Residential Home Staff
  • Highland Youth Voice Xec Committee
  • Youth Work Development Staff
  • Health Promoting Schools Officers
  • Support for Learning Staff
  • Library Service Officers

The above bespoke sessions can last from 1 – 2 hours and comprise of the key issues for children and young people using different ways of communication, gaming, cyberbullying and the internet. These sessions also include what resources and local support is available. These will continue throughout the year on request from individuals.

The multi-agency half-day  ‘Internet Safety and Responsible Use Sessions’ have been delivered by CEOP Ambassadors and use the CEOP introductory materials and the Thinkuknow education materials, they are designed for staff working predominantly in school settings who wil be taking E-Safety delivery forward. In addition to the CEOP materials (which have to be used for participants to become registered TUK trainers) the training covers the local perspective, cyberbullying, support for staff, the way our schools are using blogs and wikis and most importantly how to create the right conditions to use the approved resources with young people.

We believe it’s vital to look at the wider context and see how the TUK and Childnet resources can be used across the curriculum and through the training aim to ensure that participants can do this confidently.

Our evaluations of the half day training have been overwhelmingly positive, however it seems that there are still questions to be asked and issues explored, a half-day is just not long enough. To this end our next planned session on the 24th April will include an opportunity throughout the lunch and afterwards for participants to delve into the resources (laptops with internet access provided) and work in small groups to assess how they would use them and what else they need to do to create the right conditions (with the support of other professionals) to take it forward in their school communities.

Myself , Robert Quigley (our newest CEOP Ambassador!) and Jim Henderson have agreed to create a new training event on the 28th May 2009, which will be a full day to ensure that participants can do all of the above and walk away with the tools, skills and confidence to drive the Highland E-Safety Strategy forward. Depending on the outcome of course this full day approach will become the standard framework for all future ‘Internet Safety and Responsible Use’ training in Highland.

For more information about our courses please do get in touch.