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.
Topics We Cover
Lots of really thought-provoking facts, statements and discussions that made me reflect on our school’s approach
Access Free Events
Attend a programme of two Webinar Training Sessions, running now! 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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