Tag Archives: E-Safety

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 Stirlingschools.net 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)

Scholar

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.

 

 

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!

360 Degree Safe Scotland

If your school is looking at E-Safety, the 360 Degree Tool might be useful as part of your self-evaluation. It was launched in 2013 and is due to be updated in the coming months to reflect recent legislative and policy developments.

The website www.360safeScotland.org.uk provides a user friendly and interactive means for schools to build on existing e-safety and anti-bullying policies.

The 360 degree safe self review tool is free to use and is intended to help schools review their e-safety policy and practice. It provides:

  • Information that can influence the production or review of e-safety policies and develop good practice.
  • A process for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • Opportunities for commitment and involvement from the whole school.
  • A continuum for schools to discuss how they might move from a basic level provision for e-safety to practice that is aspirational and innovative.

Benefit for schools using 360 degree safe:

  • Encourages collaborative online use within  schools.
  • Receive immediate feedback and suggested actions to help progression.
  • Log sources of evidence, comments and action points.
  • Easily compile and print a wide range of reports.
  • Compare and benchmark responses with other users of the online tool.