Category Archives: Internet Safety

A Guide to Social Networks: Advice for Parents

O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces on a mission to help all children and their families in the UK stay safe online. They recently launched a website which gives detailed advice and reviews of the different online social networks which young people use. It covers over 50 different apps including popular apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to lesser known apps such as Kik, Roblox and It reviews the levels of risk associated with each app and also includes the views of different young people about each app and how safe they feel using it.

Safer Internet Day in P3

To mark Safer Internet Day 2018, Primary 3 took part in lots of activities to help us understand why we should stay safe online. First, we looked at different emojis and suggested adjectives to describe each one. Then we were given a range of different internet themed scenarios and had to stand beside the emoji that represented how we would feel in that situation, sharing why we had chosen that emoji with each other. Next, we looked at different images and had to sort them into ‘safe’ and ‘not safe.’ We quickly discovered that all of the items can be safe, including digital tools, if we use them sensibly and responsibly.

We love using the internet in Primary 3, so we learned about our ‘digital footprint’ and how important it is to make sure we use it in a positive way. For the #ItStartsWithUs campaign, we made a pledge of something kind that we could do to make the internet a better place. We also took part in a Skype session where we learned top tips from 6 different schools from across Scotland.

Internet Safety in P6, P7/6 and P7

This morning, P6, P7 and P7/6 had the opportunity to take part in a live GLOW meet with Police Scotland all about internet safety. This was part of Safer Internet Day 2018. This topic is a core part of the Technologies curriculum:

I can explore online communities demonstrating an understanding of responsible digital behaviour and I’m aware of how to keep myself safe and secure. (TCH 2-03a)

Pupils joined with thousands of others across Scotland to listen to police officers talk about a range of online safety strategies and then opportunity was given for questions to be answered afterwards.

Hopefully all of us have learned a little bit more about staying safe online and about how our own conduct online can affect others.

Digital Parenting – Issue 5

The next edition of Digital Parenting is now available to read, print and download. Digital Parenting contains really useful information and advice for parents and carers to help keep their children and young people stay safe online.


Digital Learning Week: Parental Controls Advice

We know that children can be bothered by things they see online, and filters can be a helpful tool in reducing the chances of coming across something upsetting.

However, please remember that no filter or parental controls tool is 100% effective, and many of the risks that young people face online are because of their own and other’s behaviour. It is therefore important to talk to your children about staying safe online and make sure they know that they can turn to you if they get into any difficulty.

Please use the two links below to find out more about how to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home:

Advice regarding use of and streaming apps

Advice from West Lothian Council.

Following on from a number of incidents involving children from across the UK, we would like to raise awareness of the above apps and share the following information with parents:

1.       The terms and conditions state all users must be at least 13 years of age.

2.       Users may be exposed to adult content such as swearing, graphic content and pornography.

3.       Live streaming is not fully private even when privacy settings are set to on.

4.       Users are able to search for other users close to their location.

For further information about potential risks to children please visit the following pages:

Yammer Responsible Use Agreement

As lots of our classes are using Yammer to share their learning, the Technical Troopers created a Responsible Use Agreement to ensure that it is used in an appropriate, relevant and safe way. Kirknewton Primary School had kindly shared their Glow Charter with us to give us ideas about the important statements to include. We decided on the key ways that we need to keep ourselves and our information safe, as well as how we can share our opinions in a kind and mature way.

We then sent our agreement to our Rights Respecting Schools Junior Leadership Team, who linked some of our statements to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. You can find a copy of the agreement here. Each class will review this together, editing it to suit their needs if appropriate. The new copy will then be posted to their own class Yammer page to show that everyone has agreed to the Responsible Use Agreement.

Safer Internet Day

On Safer Internet Day 2017, P1 were developing their understanding of what is meant by personal information. They were also learning that this information is private and should be kept safe.

SC  I can give examples of what personal information is
I can make choices about the information I share with others

We began by looking at some photographs, and we were amazed at how many clues we could get about something or someone just by looking at a photograph. We started thinking about the kind of information we could see, and realised that we have similar information about ourselves – name, age, address, school etc. In small groups we discussed whether other people, especially people we don’t know, should know this kind of information about us. We decided they should not. This personal information should be private. To consolidate our thinking, we then worked together to sort some photographs into two hoops – personal information that should be kept private, or information that could be shared. Lots of good discussion could be heard as we worked on this task.


Later, we made an ‘All About Me’ poster showing information about ourselves that we were happy to share with others eg my favourite colour, my favourite book etc. We all remembered not to put any private information on our poster, and we were all happy to show our posters to each other.

P2/1 Internet Safety Day

As part of Internet Safety Day P2/1 explored 5 different questions:

  • How do we get on to the internet?
  • What can we do on the internet?
  • What passwords do we use?
  • Why is a password important?
  • How can we keep our passwords safe?

We explored the questions in group, and then made a poster. we presented our ideas to the rest of our class.

Safer Internet Day in P5B

To mark Safer Internet Day 2017, Primary 5B have been learning about the power of sharing images online. We watched a video which challenged our thinking about first impressions of images, and encouraged us to think that there can be more than meets the eye with pictures we see online. We looked at a range of different images and were asked if we thought they were real or fake. This proved to be harder than we thought it would be!

Next, we were given a range of scenarios and asked to react in a freeze frame. We had to explain our reactions, giving real life examples if we could, as well as sharing how these made us feel.

Finally, we took part in a game of Emoji Charades where we had to share a top tip about how to make the internet a better place using only emojis. Can you guess our top tips?