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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.


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!

EduTech Scot 2017

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the EduTech Scotland conference in Glasgow. It was a fantastic event, with lots of inspiring talks and great ideas shared. Check out the #edutechscot hashtag on Twitter to see some of the chat.

I could write at great length about all the amazing presentations and interesting workshops I saw, but instead I’m just going to point out a few really cool resources that I learned about yesterday.

  • The first keynote was given by Amanda Regan of the European Space Agency. Did you know the ESA has an entire education website?  Bonus – she showed this lovely slide as part of her talk:

  • The second talk was by Prof Judy Robertson and was about the new Technologies Experiences and Outcomes. She pointed out a brilliant resource, a new teachers’ guide to Early, First and Second levels. It can be found at teachCS.scot. It really is a fantastic resource, co-authored by Kate Farrell, and contains lots of links and suggestions to activities and resources, mapped to the Es and Os and benchmarks.
  • Janice Feighery spoke about how Ireland’s digital strategy has been implemented, and pointed out Google’s Computer Science First resource. The activities are aimed at pupils between 9 and 14.
  • Lynne Biagioni gave a presentation about Scholar. This is a great revision and study resource for secondary pupils in a variety of subjects.
  • One of the workshops I attended was a demo of Wevideo by Erik Raestad and Nick Cox of XMA. This is a cross-platform video editing app.  There is a free version available, although of course it will be more limited, but worth checking out!
  • There was a wonderful presentation from Lee Dunn of the Digital Schools Awards, along with two of the headteachers from the original Digital Schools. Definitely worth registering your school, and there is a secondary version coming!

This is not an exhaustive list of all the great ideas I learned about, but it’s all the resources I noted down to link to! Do click on some of the links above and check them out.

I’ll leave you with this thought, also from Amanda Regan’s talk: