Category: Digital Literacy

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.

Childnet Digital Leaders Programme for UK High Schools

ChildnetDigitalLeadersProgrammeChildnet Digital Leaders Programme for UK High Schools provides a series of activities to support learners aged 11-18 in UK high schools become champions for digital citizenship and digital creativity within their schools and to educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online.

This youth leadership programme offers pupils structured training and ongoing support from Childnet’s expert team, helping make e-safety learning fun and effective and helping schools work towards an outstanding whole school community approach to e-safety.

To find out more and request a school information pack high schools just simply send an email to .

Internet Safety Year by Year – the example of one school

DigitalClassroomsE-SafetyCurriculumE-Safety – a New Curriculum? – an example from Rebecca Stacey, a headteacher in a primary school in Cumbria, of how e-safety is tackled at each stage in her primary school, with resources and activities matched to each stage, and suggestions for incorporating e-safety teaching into other areas of the curriculum. As well as the description there is a downloadable document here:

Do you know what these online tools are?

webwisewhatisDo you know what these online tools are? have produced helpful guides for parents and educators describing a host of online tools which are used by teenagers – so that there can be an understanding of what the tools do, how to avoid the risks involved and guidance for keeping safer. So whether it’s ooVoo, Periscope, BBM, Yik Yak, Instagram, Whisper, Viber, Tinder, WhatsApp or any number of other tools you may hear about (and some of which you may not yet heard) then click on the link below to get easily-digestible summaries of each tool and how to keep safer in using them.

Tip Sheets from NetSmartz Workshop on Internet Safety

NetsmartztipsheetsTip Sheets from Netsmartz – so if you are looking for tips for dealing with online bullying, wondering about online security, needing guidance about staying safer while online gaming or needing some help in starting conversations about your children using social media and their mobile phone, then these tip sheets from NetSmartz Workshop are one good way to  read about what you can do – they can be read online, printed out or shared with others. Click below for the Tip Sheets from NetSmartz Workshop:

Steering Clear of Cyber Tricks

steeringclearofcybertricksBeing Smart Online has shared a video “Steering Clear of Cyber tricks” which highlights some of the ways people can be tricked online, and some tips to avoid being taken in by these tricks. So if you’ve seen messages like “Win a mobile device!” or “Bad luck if you don’t pass this on to 10 friends” or “Play this game to win” – then how do you know which things you can trust, how can you work out which links are scams, and what can you do?

First Minister Signs up to iRights


Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon signed up the Scottish Government as an official supporter of the iRights coalition.

The iRights coalition recognises that the internet and digital technologies are a fundamental part of children and young people’s lives and believes that they people must be empowered to access the digital world creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly.

Young Scot is the lead in Scotland for the UK-wide iRights coalition to define and promote the rights of children and young people online and in digital technologies.

The initiative is centred on five principles to allow children and young people to access the internet and digital world safely and knowledgeably.

The five principles of iRights are:

  • The right to remove: to easily edit or delete online content they have created, and access simple and effective ways to dispute online content about them
  • The right to know: to know who holds and profits from their information, what their information is being used for, and whether it is being copied, sold, or traded.
  • The right to safety and support: to be confident they will be protected from illegal practices, and supported if confronted by troubling and upsetting scenarios online.
  • The right to make informed and conscious choices: to engage online but also to disengage at will and not have their attention held unknowingly.
  • The right to digital literacy: to be taught the appropriate skills to use and critique digital technologies and be confident in managing new social norms.

The recommendations from the Royal Society of Edinburgh report “spreading the benefits of digital participation” included giving further consideration to the topic of digital literacy and its broader definition including online safety, rights and responsibilities and an understanding of the relationship between the on and offline worlds.

The iRights project will provide insight, learning and understanding of individuals rights and safety on the internet. The aim is to improve digital competence and confidence within the population as a whole.

Click on the links below for more information