Category: CRIS

25 May 4-5pm Digital Wellbeing Award for Scotland

The Digital Wellbeing Award, aims to provide young people with the skills and confidence required to to navigate the digital world.

Join the Digital Schools Award for Scotland team, a DSAS validator and a school to share their experiences of the framework and achieving the award.

Digital wellbeing is the impact of using digital technology on children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing.

Sign up here

save the tree octopus activity

Save the Pacific Northwest tree octopus activity


We want to alert you to our very important activity this week: we want the learners of Scotland to help us save the Pacific Northwest tree octopus!

This website has lots of great info about the octopus and ways for you to help it:

Octopus website


Once you’ve read a bit more about the octopus – have a think about how you could use your digital literacy skills to find out more about it and use this info to create some posters, slides and websites to raise awareness of the octopus’ plight and help save it!

tree octopus

Let’s get started!

Wait a minute, though… tree octopus?

Before you go making any resources we want you to check some things:

  • Who created the page and wrote the information?
  • Does it have pictures or video that show you the tree octopus?
  • Are there links to other sites about the octopus?


  • See inside the page

What next?

Hopefully, you spotted the clues that the tree octopus isn’t real pretty quickly and pointed this out to your teacher!

We think that by learning some of the skills used to make the fake info on this website, you’ll be better prepared to spot other info like this and know how to check it for accuracy.

We want you to create your own fake animal awareness campaign. You’ll need to think of an animal and then imagine it living in a biome, or habitat, that isn’t it’s natural home… like a mountain-dwelling narwhal or Arctic elephant!
Then you’ll need some facts that sound believable, even though they’re not true – so things like what your imaginary animal eats, where it sleeps and how big it is.

Finally, you’ll create some online content, maybe using slides, websites, blogs or even a video.

You can share these with us on twitter: @DigiLearnScot

Activity 1 – fact finding and note making

  • Use your web browser to find out three (or more) facts about an animal
  • Then pick a biome it wouldn’t normally live in and find out three facts about that place and how animals normally survive there
  • Make notes of this info as you go – it’ll come in handy later


teachers might want to use some of these ideas to expand upon the features of fake news and unreliable sources:
Digital Media Literacy: The Blur Between Facts and Opinions in the Media (

Digital Media Literacy: What is Fake News? (

Activity 2 – photo manipulation

The photos on the octopus site were faked and so are many other photos online and in newspapers and magazines too. 
Read this page to find out more about manipulated photos

You don’t need fancy software to edit photos, here are some tips:
PowerPoint – remove background
Keynote – instant alpha

  • Start with a background photo of the place your imaginary animal is going to live – add it to your app
  • Then add the photo of your animal
  • Now, use either the remove background in PowerPoint or instant alpha in Keynote, for example, to cut out any background on your animal picture
  • It should now look like your animal lives in the place you have as the background

Here’s my mountain-dwelling narwhal from earlier:

Activity 3 – making fake news

You now have an imaginary animal, some facts about it and a photo proving its existence – now all you need to do is put it together and share it with the world to convince them of it’s existence!

You could have a look at these: 

There are lots of great tools for creating and sharing content online, here are just some of them:

Glow blogs



We can’t wait to see your fake news imaginary animals on twitter!


31 March 16:00 – 18:00, CEOP Ambassadors Scotland Conference

This conference, delivered (via Zoom) by members of the CEOP Education team, provides an opportunity for trained CEOP Education Ambassadors in Scotland to hear about new trends and key statistics in the area of online child sexual abuse and understand CEOP Education’s vision for the Ambassador programme moving forward.

The 2 hour conference, delivered online via Zoom, will include presentations on:

• developments and changes within CEOP Education

• our vision and plans for the new Education Ambassador programme

• recent updates and key trends in the area of online child sexual abuse

• new training resources, support and development for Ambassadors

• new and upcoming education resources for children and young people, parents/carers and professionals from CEOP Education

• how Education Ambassadors can use our new audit tool to help create a whole organisation approach to online safeguarding within their settings and networks.


03 March, 4pm, Cyber Citizen – online cyber safety resources – Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks will provide a showcase of their Cyber Citizens programmes, a free cyber security resource for educators.

Cybersecurity skills are becoming more relevant than ever before. Children spend a lot of time online, from using online learning platforms, accessing content from the web, through to using social media platforms and messaging apps to communicate with friends and family. Young people need to be armed with the right information to help them navigate their online interactions, and to do so in a safe and secure manner.

This is why Palo Alto Networks developed its Cyber Citizens programme to provide the cybersecurity basics students need to have safer online experiences and become good digital citizens. Lessons are designed so they can be facilitated by anyone, regardless of their knowledge level, with each module tailored to a specific age group.

This event, which has been organised in partnership with Education Scotland and Palo Alto Networks, will showcase the Cyber Citizens material and enable teachers to understand how they will be able to deliver the content in their own classrooms


08 Feb, 10 – 10:45am Safer Internet Day, Live Read-Along with Digiduck author

Digiduck is brought to you by UK Safer Internet Centre and Childnet.

Digiduck and the Magic Castle focuses on playing games online. Other themes within the book include peer pressure, password sharing, and in-app purchasing. You can download your free version of the book along with resources for educators here.

There’s a new game that everyone’s playing, and Digiduck wants to join in! With the help of his friends, he explores the magic castle, and they whizz through the levels after a lucky find makes it easier. Digiduck is in for a shock however, when he discovers that the spell ingredients are not the only things hidden in the game…The aim of this story is to help start conversations between children and adults about many aspects of online gaming, such as:

– the types of games that young children enjoy playing online and why- how to tell if real money can be spent- the social elements of gaming with others (e.g., keeping personal information safe)- what to do if someone is pressuring you to do something that you are unsure about

Book you place here

Cyber Scotland Week 2022 – Capture the Flag with Try Hack Me for Secondary Schools

This page is for secondary teachers interested in entering teams into a FREE cyber security Capture the Flag event on TryHackMe.

The challenges will be suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced tech-savvy students. Try Hack Me will support teachers with three recorded lessons. This information might be useful to know before starting with the recorded lessons and the Capture the Flag event:
TryHackMe | Network Fundamentals

This video from TryHackMe gives an overview of the platform to get you started




Recorded Lessons

lesson 1


lesson 2

lesson 3

Room for them to follow along:

Room to complete after

02 February 1600 – 1700, iDEA -Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is helping people of all ages develop digital and enterprise skills, discover new talents and gain digital confidence, for free.

There are over 80 bite-sized modules available to try on iDEA which have been created with industry experts and innovative employers. iDEA enables learners to showcase their skills as they earn digital badges, certificates and Awards which can be added to LinkedIn profiles, CVs and applications to help them stand out from the crowd.

This is your opportunity to find out more about how iDEA works straight from the iDEA team and Mr Pyott, Principal Teacher of Computing Science at Grove Academy, Dundee.


Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety Resources for Primary Schools

To more effectively support our learners with their online lives it is important to understand their behaviour as consumption, creation or communication. The apps and platforms they use may be ever-changing but their behaviours are not. Understanding the behaviour will help educators make more effective use of our Teacher Toolkit which has ideas, information and resources to support with cyber resilience learning and teaching.

Monkey Cow read-along for Early and First level learners

cyber resilience: recognise react recover

Passwords are really important because they tell our accounts and devices that it is us accessing them and stops others from accessing them – like the key to your front door.

Learners should RECOGNISE the need for passwords (and other security features, such as face and fingerprint recognition). The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recommends passwords should be made of three random words.

Learners should be able to REACT to any threats to their device or account, including phishing, hacking or malware.

Finally, they should know how to RECOVER their account or device from any potential cyber attack, including running antivirus on devices, resetting passwords for accounts, and backing up and restoring accounts or devices.

internet safety: safe smart kind

Learners should be aware of the behaviour of others and themselves online. Teachers should promote positive behaviours and discussing how learners may develop these, while supporting them to overcome challenges they face online.

Learners should be SAFE when online. In order to do this they need to understand the potential risks to their safety, such as grooming, harassment or threatening behaviour. 

Learners should be SMART online. They should be aware of scams, consider how much personal information they share online, and be developing confidence to question online media.

Finally, they should be KIND to others online. It is more likely that learners have been exposed to unkind behaviour online and tackling this should lead them to identifying more positive behaviours and also how to deal with cyberbullying, griefing, trolling and other online behaviours.

Level 4 Resources for Cyber Fundamentals and Internet Safety

Education Scotland have collaborated with Girvan Academy in South Ayrshire to produce a set of resources that combine the SQA level 4 units in Cyber Security Fundamentals and Internet Safety.  These resources reinforce our belief that every learner should have the knowledge and skills to use the internet and online services safely, allowing them to spot potential risks and recover from any potential harm, they face while using online services. 



The following teaching resources have been created:


Assessment evidence  

The assessor will use the portfolio approach to generate evidence that learners have achieved these units. 

A learner must complete the Getting Started with Online Accounts booklet, one of the relevant ”Getting Started with Chromebook/iPad’ booklets (depending on what device they have set up), and then the assessor must complete an observation checklist for every learner:

  • Assessor answer booklet  
  • Observation checklist  
  • Learner profile  


The teacher answer booklet and prior verification certificate can be downloaded from the SQA secure site.

Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour with Stop It Now

Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour (TAHSB) is unfortunately an issue that educators deal with on a daily basis. It impacts on friendships and relationships of everyone involved. However, it is important that educators understand what it is, how to identify it, and how to support the learners involved. 

Stop It Now! Scotland is part of a child protection charity that believes that the key to preventing sexual abuse is awareness among parents and community members. They work to build public confidence in recognising and responding to concerns about the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

With their experience of delivering the Rosa project in Glasgow, they were are an obvious choice to support us to develop our TAHSB professional learning course. This course is designed to support educators to:

  • develop their knowledge and awareness of TAHSB
  • increase their confidence in identifying and categorising the TAHSB they are dealing with in school
  • take action to help the learners they are supporting with TAHSB

Enquire about TAHSB training