Passwords for young children

I have been doing some research recently into passwords that are reasonably strong, but still memorable enough for younger children to be able to use. Here are a few websites I have found that might be useful to teachers of younger children:

Dinopass – generates simple, pronounceable passwords using words and numbers. There is an option to go for more secure passwords that include special characters as well.

LastPass – this popular password manager has a page where you can check the security of passwords.

WarpConduit’s password generator – these are not memorable words, like Dinopass, but they are designed to be “pronounceable” and thus easier to remember than random strings.

Safer Internet Day 2019

This year’s Safer Internet Day has the theme “together for a better internet”. On the website there are resource packs available for all age groups, from 4-18. The resources include videos, assemblies, and various activities for children and young people to do.

In line with the theme of making the internet a better place, there are a couple of great resources that are moving away from the “e-safety” model to more of a “digital citizenship” approach, and encouraging young people to make the most of the opportunities technology provides.

BBC Own It has the awesome tagline “be the boss of your online life” and is aimed at 8-12 year olds. As well as advice about dealing with bullying and so on, it has lots of information about developing digital skills and creativity. It has a “friendly older sibling” feel to it, with lots of videos by YouTubers.

Google’s Be Internet Legends is aimed at 7-11 year olds. It includes the “Interland” game, resources for teachers and parents.

Both BBC Own It and Be Internet Legends are available for free online and can be accessed directly or via the tiles on Glow.


Last year’s Safer Internet Day post is still available, with lots of links to more resources!

Digital Learning and Data Protection

Digital tools for learning and teaching

In Stirling Council schools and nurseries, we use a variety of digital tools for learning and teaching, to share information about the life of the school, communicate with parents and carers, and to celebrate success. Use of many of these tools requires sharing some personal data about children with the providers of the services. This may include, for example, children’s names, classes, and Glow or email addresses. For some services, we will need consent of parents and carers to share this personal data.

Core digital services

Across Stirling Council, we use Glow and Google’s G Suite for Education for learning and teaching. Data is shared with these services under the legal basis of public task – use of these services is deemed essential for learning and teaching, and we have legal agreements in place with both Education Scotland and Google to ensure that personal data is kept safe (see our Privacy Notices below for our use of these services).

Privacy notice for Glow

Privacy notice for G-suite

Privacy policies for services within Glow:

Glow’s own Privacy Policy

Glow has a number of National Apps, information about which can be found here. Their privacy policies are listed below.

Books for All

Languages on Screen

Screening Shorts

SCEL framework (staff only)


RM Blogs

RM People Directory

RM Community

Likewise, Seemis is used to securely manage children and young people’s personal data, including sensitive category data (such as information about their health). This data sharing is also done under the legal basis of public task, and appropriate agreements are in place to ensure the data is securely managed.

Other digital services

For other processes involving digital tools, schools may use the legal basis of either Public Task or Consent for data sharing, depending on how much data is shared and the purposes for which this takes place. Where  necessary, they will seek consent of parents/carers and the young people themselves when they are aged 12 and over.