Safer Internet Day 2018

It’s that time of year again! Safer Internet Day 2018 is on Tuesday 6th February.

Two Stirling schools will be taking part in a Skypeathon with schools from the Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative. Borestone Primary School and Deanston Primary School will be delivering presentations on an aspect of internet safety.  The Skypeathon will take place from 2-3pm on 6th February, and can be accessed via Glow by any school that would like to watch.

To find out more about the Skypeathon, see the Sway presentation below! (Credit: Malcolm Wilson).

The Safer Internet Day website has resources for teachers, including  education packs, videos and quizzes. You can also follow the #SID2018 hashtag on Twitter!

Internet Safety Resources

There are lots of resources out there to support teaching and learning about internet safety and digital citizenship.

The UK Safer Internet Centre has resources for young people, parents and carers, and teachers. Follow them on Twitter here.

The Young Scot 5 Rights Commission has come up with a report and framework on young people’s rights online. The 5 Rights would make a great way to structure a series of activities around digital citizenship, and there is a list of resources linked to the 5 Rights.

Young Scot have also put together some resources on their Choices for Life page, under Be Smart Internet Safety. You need to email CFLBeSmart@young.scot in order to get a link to access the resources.

CEOP‘s ThinkUKnow website has sections for children of different ages, parents/carers, and education professionals. It has lots of resources, and importantly also has the function to report suspected abuse online. You can also follow CEOP on Twitter.

Childnet has various resources for young people, parents/carers and teachers, including an inset day presentation for staff with activities, and this nice online reputation checklist. There is also a Digital Leaders programme, which is not free but which takes pupils through a training programme and links them up with other children around the country.

Self-Evaluation

For schools wishing to evaluate their internet safety, I recommend the 360 Safe tool. The site also has a template for a school internet safety policy.

Finally, the Digital Schools Award has a self-evaluation checklist that includes e-safety (you need to sign up your school to get a login, but I thoroughly recommending signing up for the self evaluation process!).

If you have any other suggestions for great internet safety resources, let me know in the comments or via Twitter!