Safe and Empowered: Responding to a Digital Generation

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Upskill as an Educator of the Digital Generation in Scotland

Digital is revolutionising childhood. From smartphones to smart speakers, technology is rapidly claiming a role in all aspects of life. Traditional online safety messaging needs to adapt too. How can educators support young people as empowered, engaged, critical and responsible digital citizens?

In this training programme, we’ll cover the range of online harms faced by young people within the context of tech trends and the digital skills agenda. Using scenarios, we’ll bring your knowledge up to date, consider professional skills, curriculum links and key resources to help you educate young people and respond to incidents. Plus, you’ll receive a free parents’ presentation for use by your school, and access to focused webinars and podcasts to keep you in the know.

This project is endorsed and funded by Education Scotland

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If you are an educator in a school in Scotland and wish to attend this training then you can make a booking below or contact us for further information.

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Podcast interview series

The Big Data Show

Jess had a chat with Clare Duffy, Director of Civic Digits, about the Big Data Show, and FREE in-school workshops. Listen below

Young people speak about their online rights

Jess talked to Beccie and Marcus about children's rights online. These two young people are involved in ENYA, the European Network of Young Advisors. What do young people want and need in the digital environment? They tell us all!

Thank you to the Children & Young People's Commissioner Scotland for hosting this conversation. Listen below.

Preventing child sexual abuse

Jess is joined by Stuart Allardyce and Lindsay Mullen from Stop It Now! Scotland. The discussion includes talking about preventative approaches to child sexual abuse including the Upstream project, educating young people, and working directly with young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour. Useful information for educators, and we hear about the ROSA project based in a high school in Glasgow.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was this training programme designed?

The National Action Plan on Internet Safety for Children and Young People and the UK Government’s ‘Online Harms’ white paper set out a broad range of concerns regarding children’s online experiences.  In the last two years there has been a significant increase in our understanding of the risks to children (and adults) online.  This includes for example, data breaches, intimate image abuse, fake news, online hoax challenges, ‘gaming disorder’ and parents oversharing online.  However, the online safety messaging to children has remained largely unchanged – promoting abstinence, ‘switching off’ and avoiding online stranger-danger (whilst simultaneously promoting the benefits of digital skills for future job opportunities).  These safety messages need to be brought up to date, aligned with digital skills, and integrated into education across the curriculum.

Who should attend, and why?

This training programme is open to all teaching staff in Scotland, including early years, primary, secondary, community learning and college staff.  If you teach young people, this course is for you.

What’s included in the programme?

  • A FREE one-day training event delivered across Scotland, for up to 20 attendees.  Those who can’t attend in person can access 2 half-day webinars instead.
  • Attendees receive a delegate pack including activities, personal action plan and links to key resources.  Attendees also receive a parents’ presentation that can be used by schools.
  • Additional, focused webinars will be available on key topics, providing the latest research and resources. You'll be automatically booked onto the webinar series and can unsubscribe at any time. Alternatively, you can book directly onto the webinar series.

How do I get started?

Register for one of the events by following the Eventbrite link above. Once registered, you’ll receive further information about the programme and new webinar topics as they are announced.

More questions?

If you have any additional questions then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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