Safe and Empowered: Responding to a Digital Generation

FREE training events and online webinars for educators in Scotland on Online Safety and Digital Citizenship

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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

Topics We Cover

Lots of really thought-provoking facts, statements and discussions that made me reflect on our school’s approach

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Access Free Events

Choose the training option that best suits you: online webinars, bitesize videos or the team intensive workshop.  Flexible training to suit your needs. We have morning, afternoon and evening slots to suit your timetable.  We hope to recommence our face-to-face training events across Scotland in the autumn.

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Podcast interview series

Each of these podcast are also available on Spotify and Soundcloud.

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.

Duty of care to prevent online harms

Jess talks to Douglas White from Carnegie UK Trust. Hear about Carnegie’s work, digital inclusion and digital citizenship. What are the implications for education arising from the ‘duty of care’ approach to regulating online harms?

Young people and misinformation

The theme for Safer Internet Day 2021 is ‘An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world’. Ellie Proffitt from Childnet International gives a sneaky preview of the latest research on this issue with children and young people. The chat covers influencers, advertising and the impact of misinformation on young people.

Smashing online safety in the Highlands

Jess chews the fat with Robert Quigley about the Highland approach to online safety, including their Chromebook rollout, using 360 Degree Safe Scotland and the comprehensive Highland Online Safety Centre. Plus Robert gives his top tips for schools and educators.

What is digital youth work?

Hilary Phillips from YouthLink Scotland joins us for our first podcast of 2021. We delve into digital youth work, the digital divide, and challenges for young people and youth workers engaging online.

Policing online safety

How do Police Scotland help keep young people safe online? How has their approach to digital safeguarding changed in recent years? Jess talks to Sergeant Bev Bowles from the Cyber Crime Harm Prevention Team.

Free Resources and Newsletter

Scottish educators can register for the free Safe and Empowered programme to access:
•    Recordings of webinars on key topics including sexting, gaming, educational resources and reputation management.
•    The ‘Safe and Empowered Digital Parenting’ presentation for you to use with parents and carers.
•    A regular email bulletin letting you know about upcoming webinars, face-to-face training events, resources and other online safety information and materials relevant to educators in Scotland.

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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?

Choose from interactive webinars, bitesize videos, team intensive workshops, podcasts and more!

How do I get started?

Register for one of the events by following the ‘Book Now’ link above, or register for the newsletter by following the ‘Sign me up’ link above.

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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