Tag: e-safety

Your school can get your free education pack for Safer Internet Day 2016

SaferInternetDay16EdPacksClick here to get details of the Education Packs for Schools for Safer Internet Day 2016.  There are three packs: Primary (ages 3-11), Secondary (ages 11-19) and a pack for parents and carers. The packs are designed to help schools and organisations working with young people to plan and celebrate Safer Internet Day, 9 February 2016, under the theme ‘Play your part for a better internet’. Each pack contains a lesson plan, an assembly script, posters, drama activities and video content from SID TV. You can download the packs from the UK safer Internet Centre website by clicking on this link.

Child Internet Safety Training Conference Event in Edinburgh on Wednesday 28 October 2015


Child Internet Safety Training Conference Event in Edinburgh on Wednesday 28 October 2015

Child Internet Safety conference: Leading challenges, effective responses and strategies for minimizing risk online Wednesday 28 October 2015 in Edinburgh

This event seeks to provide an opportunity for colleagues from schools, local authorities and the third sector to hear about how to strike the right balance between keeping children safe online and ensuring they become highly competent, confident and responsible digital citizens.

Featuring a range of expert speakers, this one-day training conference will comprise three core strands covering:

Cyber bullying and Sexting
◾ The dangers and impact of these leading challenges to child online safety in Scotland

◾Effective responses and strategies for minimizing the risks

E-safety in Scotland’s schools
◾ Embedding online safety into the Curriculum for Excellence and promoting a whole school approach to responsible use

◾ Reviewing and improving e-safety provision in Scottish schools using the 360 degree safe self-assessment tool (developed by South West Grid for Learning and rolled out by Education Scotland last year)

Partnership working on e-safety
◾ Developing collaborative strengths-based approaches

◾ The benefits of engaging with a range of groups to promote child online safety – creating a better, safer internet together

Speakers include:

• Louise Macdonald OBE, Chief Executive, Young Scot

• Brian Donnelly, Director, respectme

• Professor Andy Phippen, Plymouth University

• Heather Smith, Principal Officer – Child Care & Protection Training and Development, City of Edinburgh Council

• Ron Richards, E-Safety Consultant with South West Grid for Learning

• Plus, representatives from the Scottish Parent Teacher Council

Find out more, and register to attend, at the link below:


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 leaders@childnet.com .


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: http://www.digitalclassrooms.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Internet-Safety-through-the-Year-Groups.pdf

Think U Know

ThinkUKnowThink U Know from CEOP provides a host of materials for all, with categories with specific advice, tips, activities and resources for different age-groups of children and young people, as well as for parents/carers and educators. It’s a go-to site for all in the UK who wish to get up to date information about all aspects of using online tools and services, social media and mobile devices. And it’s where you can not only seek advice but you can also report a concern.


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?

Winners of 2015 Central E-Safety Partnership Songwriting Competition

EsafetyCompetitionWinnersCongratulations to the Winners of the 2015 Central E-Safety Partnership Songwriting Competition!

There were 54 entries, involving 250 children and young people, from 12 establishments from all parts of the Central E-Safety Partnership area covering Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling council areas. In the 8-11-year-old category there were 29 entries involving 168 children; and in the 12-15-year-old category there were 25 entries involving 82 young people.

Entrants were asked to write a song or rap to help deliver a strong e-safety message and promote positive uses of technology in order to help celebrate great uses of the Internet and mobile technology, and promote tips for keeping safe online and in using mobile devices.



Entries came in several forms – whatever was easiest for the entrants to ensure there were no barriers to creativity of participants – including videos shared via online video streaming sites, some sent by email in mobile device video format, some as plain text, some as mp3 audio files and some using music notation software.

The judging panel thoroughly enjoyed the process of selecting the winning entries. All entries displayed creativity and a clear understanding of the messages being conveyed.

Winner in 12-15 age category

Braes High School, Falkirk – Lucy Ferguson, Alana MacKay, Lauren Miller, Jenna Riach with song entitled “Alone

Teacher: Anne Patterson, Principal Teacher Information Technology

Runner-up in 12-15 age category

Denny High School, Falkirk – Jack Kellett, Jonathan Craig, Ryan Innes, Joshua MacDonald, Conall Grant, Gordon Macaloney, Eldon Tayag, Ross Forshaw

Teacher: Stacey Maitland

Joint Winners in 8-11 age category

East Plean Primary School, Stirling – Amber Currie and Laura Livingston with song entitled “Online Safety Song

Teacher: Mark Hill


St Serf’s Primary School, Clackmannanshire – whole class P5 with song entitled “Stay Safe Online

Teacher: Miss Alison Bain

Runner-Up – 8-11 age category

Killearn Primary School – Let You Know – Rosie Whyte, Ciara Finn and Emma Wilkes

Teacher: Ali McLean


Congratulations to all winners!

All who entered are thanked for giving of their talents and time – the judges were impressed by the quality of entries. All qualifying entries will be shared on this online space over time.


Fiona McLeod MSP, in her role as acting Minister for Children & Young People for The Scottish Government, presented the prizes to the winning pupils at a ceremony on 19 June 2015.

Thanks are accorded to the following for kindly providing prizes for winners:

RM EducationRM Education Ltd www.rm.com

HaydockMusicHaydock Music www.haydockmusic.co.uk

stirling-council-logoStirling Council www.stirling.gov.uk

Misco UK LimitedMisco UK Limited www.misco.co.uk

Choices For LifeChoices for Life (Police Scotland and Young Scot) http://young.scot/choices-for-life/

cineworldCineworld Falkirk http://www2.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/Falkirk

vue logo 3D+web

Vue Stirling http://www.myvue.com/cinemas/about-vue-cinemas/cinema/stirling

RockTheTalkRock the Talk Youth Music Project supported by Falkirk Council’s Community Learning & Development Service https://www.facebook.com/rockthetalkmusic

Launch of Central E-Safety Partnership Songwriting Competition 2015

Central E-Safety Partnership Songwriting Competition 2015

Write a song or rap to help deliver a strong e-safety message and promote positive uses of technology

Help celebrate great uses of the Internet and mobile technology, and promote tips for keeping safe online and in using mobile devices.

You can find e-safety advice and guides here which might help choose the messages you wish to include in your song or rap:



Who can enter

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) in the following categories:

Entry categories

Age 8-11

Age 12-15

Age 16-18

Entries can be from individuals or groups of children and young people – in the event of the group being of different ages the entry must be in the category for the eldest member of the group.

How to enter

What’s most important is the message and not the medium. Entries can be in whatever form is easiest for you. Entries can be in written form such as sheet music style (to include words and melody, text and music notation), or an audio recording, or a video recording (though images must not include faces).

Send your entry (or a link to your entry if stored online elsewhere) via email to CEP@glowmail.org.uk. This may be a link to the audio or video hosted elsewhere such as SoundCloud or YouTube. Make sure you include details of the names of who created the song or rap, the age category, and where you’re from (school name or area in the Forth Valley area).

What you’ll win

Winning songs will be recorded by Rock the Talk. Winners will also get to meet local “The Voice” television show singer Stevie McCrorie. And there will be other exciting prizes.

Deadline for entries

Launch is Safer Internet Day 2015 on February 10 with deadline for entries being received being 31 March 2015

How your song will be judged

After the deadline the judging panel will select a winner in each category and all entrants will be advised of the outcome of the judging process.

How your song will be shared after the deadline

All songs which meet the criteria of promoting positive uses of the Internet and delivering an e-safety message will be shared in a public online space and will include the names of the writers and their school/area

Terms and conditions

  1. All entries must be received no later than the closing date of 31 March 2015.
  2. All entrants must be living in the Forth Valley area or from schools within the Forth Valley e-safety Partnership area (Clackmannan Council, Falkirk Council, and Stirling Council areas).
  3. Material submitted must be the original work of the children or young people entering the competition, should not have been previously entered in any competition and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of third parties.
  4. Songs may be written by groups of children or young people working collaboratively and must be entered in the category of the eldest child/young person in the group.
  5. Entries must include the names of all those who wrote the song, the category in which they are entering, the name of their school (or location area), and the full text of the song lyrics.
  6. Winning entries will be posted online following the outcome of the judging process. All songs which meet the criteria of promoting positive uses of the Internet and delivering an e-safety message will be shared in a public online space and will include the names of the writers and their school/area
  7. Entrants should keep a copy of their songs as entered material will not be returned.
  8. By entering the competition entrants accept the terms and conditions and agree that entries may be used by the Forth Valley e-safety Partnership for promotional purposes at no cost, which will include placing them online and promoting via various avenues. The rights and ownership of the songs will remain with the writers.

This competition is promoted by the Central E-Safety Partnership which covers the Forth Valley area of central Scotland.

Click on the following link to download the poster in Word format: EsafetyCompetitionPoster2015

Click on the following link to download the poster in pdf format