Sgt Beverly Bowles (Police Scotland), PC Mike Smith (Police Scotland), PC Paul Livingstone (Police Scotland), PC Neil Gordon (Police Scotland)



Target audience – Staff working with Primary school age children


Providing information and skills to set up devices safely, using secure passwords, using apps and WiFi safely, online privacy, social media settings and reputation.

Understanding threats and scams, how to recognise them and what to do should an incident occur.

Understanding child protection online, in particular – inappropriate content, grooming, sexting, bullying, what to look for and how to handle the situation.

Being able to support colleagues and young people in your context to keep themselves safe online


Session 1
Online safety – setting up
-how to set up a device and use apps safely
-how and when to use WiFi
-using passwords and security
-online privacy and social media settings
Task for Session 2
-Reflect on your own online safety and perform a ‘health check’.
-Support colleagues so they can perform their own ‘health check’.
-Share key messages about online safety with young people in your context.

Session 2
Cyber security
-online reputation and social media
-online threats and scams – how to recognise and what to do
Task for Session 3
-Review your online profile – what does it say about you?
-Support colleagues to review their own online profile as well as share guidance about online threats and scams.
-Lead discussions with young people about the benefits, risks and consequences of being online.

Session 3
How to identify and what to do about:
-Inappropriate Content
Task for Session 4
-Lead a discussion with colleagues about these issues and share guidance on what to do
-Present a ‘Keeping Yourself Safe’ presentation for young people using resources from Police Scotland

Session 4
Recap and tactical space to discuss any themes arising.
-Opportunity to reflect on journey.
-Evaluating impact.
Final task
-Collect evidence of our journey and impact made.


Due to the number of participants in this course we have changed the model of delivery.  Police Scotland will now deliver a modified version of this course directly into establishments that showed interest.