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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!

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!

Safer Internet Day – Skype Connection

Stirling schools are invited to take part in a Skype event taking place on Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 7 February from 1.30pm – 2.30pm. This will be hosted by Marialice Curran of the Digital Citizenship Institute in the USA introducing presenters from Falkirk schools (primary and secondary), each group of pupils from the volunteer Falkirk schools below sharing about one aspect of staying safe online.

Many thanks to the staff in the Falkirk schools who previously kindly volunteered to have pupils present during this Skype connection:

Bankier Primary School, Bainsford Primary School, Falkirk High School, St Mungo’s RC High School, Westquarter Primary School and Carronshore Primary School.

This Skype connection will be open to schools around Scotland to view and to participate in discussions which Marialice Curran will facilitate during the hour-long Skype session.

The Skype connection is set up to be a link which will work via an internet browser and does not require the desktop Skype software to be installed. Click on the link below to sign up to be sent a step-by-step guide to connecting to the Skype session. It is recommended to do this well in advance of the time for the Skype connection.