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:
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.
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.
Trust 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.