Young Scot have produced a calendar of online safety themed activities specific to specific days and months. These activities (and the associated social media campaigns by Young Scotland online safety partner agencies and professionals) and set for specific days and months as shown in the calendar to match and support likely activities of learners
You can find the calendar, along with activities and resources to support each theme, at this link – to find the section for each term click on Toolkit Q1, Q2 ,etc (so to get the calendar for the term from August to October, simply click on “Toolkit Q3” – the third quarter of the year): https://youngscot.net/digiknow-calendar
These resources and activities may support what you already have planned in your school for developing online safety, or may provide date-specific ideas to adapt to suit your establishment. And Young Scot will use the hashtag #YSDigiKnow to highlight these online safety messages at each date, which you may choose to do similarly as appropriate.
If you’ve seen the recent spate of face image manipulation photographs on social media using the FaceApp you may wish to have a look at the privacy concerns expressed by a number of organisations to help you consider whether to use the app.
Click here for a blogpost on the Privacy International site – this outlines the issues being raised as well as giving suggestions about what you can do if you have used the app and you have concerns.
Click here for a post by Technology reporter Chris Baraniuk on the BBC website
For a wealth of resource to help you recognise risks online and how to deal with threats or issues when they arise then go to the Get Safe Online website: https://www.getsafeonline.org/
The Get Safe Online site explains the jargon, lets you easily search the site and explains the risk and provides you with information to better protect you from risk online.
Would you recognise a fake caller, spot a phishing email or know when a fraudster is trying to take control of your computer? The Barclays Digital Eagles site has online interactive challenge games to help you find out how fraud savvy you are when online. These games will help you know how to spot and recognise (and what to do about) vishing, smishing, phishing, remote-access and identity fraud.
The Childnet Film Competition 2019 winners have now been announced! You can now watch the Winning Films at the link below. Open to all UK schools and youth organisations, the Childnet annual competition invited all young people aged 7-18 to take on the challenge of creating a short film about internet safety. All films were asked to showcase positive and inspiring use of the internet and clearly reflect the theme.
There are Online Safety Live events being promoted by the UK Safer Internet Centre and presented local to the Central e-Safety Partnership area between Tuesday 8 October and Friday 11 October 2019 by the South West Grid for Learning.
Details of all events can be found here: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/training-events/online-safety-live-free-online-safety-events
Childnet’s E-Safety Calendar for 2018-19 – providing suggestions for e-safety themed activities at different times of the school year to tie in with national initiatives. This provides useful pointers for schools to incorporate e-safety into the school’s own calendar of activities supported by others undertaking activities with a similar focus elsewhere thus maximising the reach and engagement online.
Childnet’s E-Safety Calendar – providing suggestions for e-safety themed activities at different times of the school year to tie in with national initiatives. This provides useful pointers for schools to incorporate e-safety into the school’s own calendar of activities supported by others undertaking activities with a similar focus elsewhere thus maximising the reach and engagement online.
Pokémon Go is an app on mobile devices which encourages users to go out and about to gain points by finding and “capturing” virtual characters.
While it can be a great way to encourage outdoor activity while incorporating the use of a mobile device, parents/carers and others may be wondering what it’s all about, especially when some headline stories can accentuate when something goes wrong.
So the UK Safer Internet Centre has put together a helpful summary of what Pokémon Go is all about, how it is played, as well as helpful advice for users, parents/carers of children or young people, and others about how to have fun while being mindful of sensible advice for keeping safe.
The winners of the 2016 Central E-Safety competition for children & young people in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannan Council areas to Create a Game/App or an Animation/Video to help deliver a strong e-safety message and promote positive uses of digital technology have been selected by the judging panel.
Prizes and certificates have been presented to the winners as follows:
Winner in the age category 8-11 was Karys Findlay at Moray Primary School who was received a prize including an iPad mini, and chance to have lock-and-play gaming sessions. The school also received a year’s online subscription to BrainPop UK, BrainPop Jr and BrainPop ESL. The prize was presented by PC Fiona Murphy of the Central E-safety Partnership.
Joint Winners in the age category 12-15 were Cara Vickers and Jena Brown of Alloa Academy who each received a prize including an iPad mini and chance to have lock-and-play gaming sessions. The school also received a DVD recorder/Freeview player and a year’s online subscription to BrainPop UK including BrainPOP Español, BrainPOP France and BrainPOP ESL.
Pictured at the presentation of the prizes to winners Cara Vickers and Jena Brown were Headteacher of Alloa Academy Jackie Ebsworth, renowned tenor Martin Aelred and PC Andy Ward of the Central E-Safety Partnership.
This competition was to help celebrate great uses of the Internet and mobile technology, and promote tips for keeping safe online and in using mobile devices to help children and young people better understand about the positives of sharing online but also the dangers of inappropriate sharing, as well as how to avoid making hurtful comments online.
The competition was open to children and young people who live in the Forth Valley area or who attend schools within the Forth Valley E-safety partnership area (Clackmannan Council, Falkirk Council and Stirling Council areas).
The Central E-safety Partnership is very grateful to the following for their support and in providing the prizes for this competition: