Lockdown and long-lasting pandemic restrictions resulted in many
children and young people spending more time online than usual, increasing the risk that they might be targeted and exploited by online abusers.
Child Protection Committees Scotland’s Keeping Kids Safe Online campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to be curious and actively interested in what their children are doing online, and to learn how to help keep them safe from the dangers of online abuse or exploitation.
• many children have been online for longer during the pandemic so more children have been at risk of online abuse
• parents and carers can play a big part by helping keep their kids safe from online abuse and exploitation
• be curious and chatty with your children about their online lives
• it’s okay to ask about what your kids are doing online and who they are talking too
• don’t ask just once, keep being interested and curious, keep asking questions
• learn more about your kids’ online lives, ask them to show you how sites, apps and platforms work
• talk to your children who their online friends are, what they chat about and what information they share
• encourage your children to be careful about sharing too much information with someone they’ve never met
• face your own fears about the online world and find out more about how to keep your kids safe
• learn from the many existing toolkits and information sites about how to help protect your children from predatory people
• talk to your children about online risks as early as possible, even very young children can be targeted by online abusers
• just as you want to know where your children are going when they go out, you should ask them where they are going online and who they talking to
• if you are worried that your child is or has been a victim of online abuse or exploitation, take action immediately
Find out more here:
Countdown Calendar to Safer Internet Day 2021
Click on 1 February
The internet is an amazing place – there’s so much to see, do and learn! If you are ever unsure about something, then ask an adult you trust for some help and advice. You can read more about #SaferInternetDay top tips from the UK Safer Internet Centre @UK_SIC at www.saferinternet.org.uk/top-tips
Click on 2 February
Take the Safer Internet Day 2021 Quiz! In readiness for Safer Internet Day the UK Safer Internet Centre is celebrating the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction. The theme this year focuses on how we can know what to trust online, whilst supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online. This quiz is designed for 8-13 year olds, but can be played by anyone! https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2021/safer-internet-day-2021-quiz
Click on 4 February
Click on this link for films aimed at children and young people aged 11-18, in support of Safer Internet Day 2021, all exploring what we can trust on the internet as part of Safer Internet Day 2021. These films can be useful to further discussions about the theme for 2021, with prompts for asking:
“What impact does inaccurate content we see online have on us?”
Click on 8 February
#AnInternetWeTrust on social media. This Safer Internet Day we are encouraging everyone to think about reliability and trust online. What do the young people you work with feel they can do to create #AnInternetWeTrust? What do they think others can do – social media and gaming companies, government, teachers or their classmates? Click on this link for a downloadable template to use to explore how we can all work together to question the online world and challenge ourselves and the people and apps we interact with online to change the internet for the better
Click on 9 February
Safer Internet Day 2021 is on the 9th of February and is celebrated with the theme ‘An internet we trust – exploring reliability in the online world’. Safer Internet Day inspires a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people
Safer Internet Day 2021 - UK Safer Internet Centre
Find out more about Safer Internet Day 2021 in the UK on the UK Safer Internet site, where you will find a host of resources on the theme “An Internet We Trust: Exploring Reliability in the Online World”
#AnInternetWeTrust on Twitter
Follow the hashtag #AnInternetWeTrust on Twitter to find out how others are sharing about the theme in the UK for Safer Internet Day 2021 “An Internet We Trust”
Click on our Countdown to #SaferInternetDay Calendar to explore resources each day about the theme in the UK for Safer Internet Day on 9 February 2021 #AnInternetWeTrust – Exploring Reliability in the Online World @UK_SIC
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.