FaceApp – is there more to it than fun?

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

Get Safe Online

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.

https://www.getsafeonline.org/

How Fraud Savvy are you?

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.

https://www.barclays.co.uk/digisafe/digitally-safe-quiz/

Watch the winning films in the 2019 Childnet Film Competition

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.

https://www.childnet.com/resources/film-competition/2019

Online Safety Live events near you

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

 

 

E-Safety Calendar for 2018-2019 for Schools

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.

https://www.childnet.com/ufiles/online-safety-calendar-2018-2019.pdf

E-Safety Calendar for 2016-2017 for Schools

esafetycalendarChildnet’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.

http://www.childnet.com/blog/201617-e-safety-calendar-for-schools

Going out and about with Pokémon Go

PokemonGoPokémon 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.

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/news/pokemon-go-gaming-gone-mobile

Winners of 2016 Central E-Safety Partnership Video/animation competition

esafetycomp2016logoThe 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:

ESafetyPartnershipcompprimarywinnerWinner 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.

JB_CV_AlloaAcademyJoint 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:

AVMI AVMI http://www.avmi.com/
BrainPopUK BrainPop UK – http://www.brainpop.co.uk/
Computer-division Computer Division Stirling – http://www.computer-division.com/
GAME Game – Stirling – http://www.game.co.uk/
XMA XMA – http://xma.co.uk/

Trust Me – learning how to recognise what to trust online

TrustMeTrust Me – Learning how to recognise what to trust online – a great set of resources for schools to support teaching children of all ages and stages how to recognise what sources online they can most trust. The resources contains lesson plans for both primary and secondary level that aim to empower teachers to discuss how to think critically around content seen online, contact of the kind that young people may have with others online, and propaganda material that may seek to persuade or change their views. The packs also contain guidance for teachers on questions to ask and further sources of information.

http://www.childnet.com/resources/trust-me

promoting safe use of digital technologies in the Forth Valley area of central Scotland

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