Digital Safety

Safer in 7 Seconds – Privacy Settings and Social Media

social-349568_640inEQE Group have created free ‘How to be ‘h2b’ safer‘ 7 second instructional videos. These videos demonstrate how to enable privacy settings, block users and report abuse on popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. The instructions are quick, easy and include details for a number of platforms including iPhone/iPad, Android and web based sites. These videos are useful for pupils, parents and teaching and learning staff using social media.

Digital Safety Workshops @ Clermiston Primary

IMG_0443Last term Primary 5 at Clermiston Primary School worked on a Digital Safety project. Groups were assigned CfE levels Early to Second. Using resources from the Digital Learning Team website they researched information, games and apps suitable for their target audience.  They shared safety tips using the creative apps Book Creator, Adobe Voice, Keynote and iMovie. The groups ran workshops with children from across the school, sharing what they had created and showing them apps and activities they could access on the iPad. Children who attended share their top tops in the video below.

The project was a great success and just the start of some great ideas Clermiston Primary have planned for raising the profile of digital safety and using iPads as a tool to enhance learning and teaching across all levels.

360 Degree Safe – free digital safety tool

360 Degree Safe is a free, award winning, digital safety review tool designed by SWGfL’s E-Safety Team. It allows schools to review current digital safety provision and, on a five-point scale, provides benchmarks for improvement in the following areas:

  • 360 logoPolicy and Leadership (Responsibilities, Policies, Communications and Communication Technologies)
  • Infrastructure (Passwords, Services)
  • Education (Students, Staff, Parents and Carers)
  • Standards (Monitoring)

Key Features of 360 Degree Safe Scotland

  • Progress. A summary of the school’s progress in digital safety is readily available and easily accessible.
  • Resources. Clear advice and resources are provided to support improvement.
  • Engagement. Multiple users can be registered to contribute to this online, working document.
  • Benchmarking. Continuous feedback on progress is provided by benchmarking progress compared to other schools.
  • Action Planning. Records and reports next steps which can inform the school development plan.
  • Reports. Progress Reports can be downloaded immediately in a variety of file formats.
  • Celebrates. Once registered a “Commitment to E-Safety” certificate can be printed and displayed.
  • Accredits. Once reaching the required standards a school can apply for an external evaluation and, if successful, will be awarded with the E-Safety Mark. (This application incurs a cost)

Find out more

Visit where you can register for free, experiment with the tool and watch short instructional videos.

Edinburgh Safer Internet Day Competition

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We are inviting all children and young people to show their understanding of the phrase ‘Let’s create a better internet together’, in creative ways. This could be in the form of a poster, a song, a film, a podcast, a comic strip or any other creative way to spread the message.

Entries can be submitted by a class, an individual or community group. Prizes of iPad Minis will be awarded to winning establishments!

Winning entries may be used in the ‘Speak up, Speak out’ public protection awareness campaign, and winning participants will be invited to attend the Safer Internet Day event on 11th February.

All submissions need to be received by Friday 31 January.

Entries should be submitted to:
E-mail Address:
Postal Address: Anna Mitchell, Digital Learning Team, Wester Hailes Education Centre, 5 Murrayburn Drive, Edinburgh EH14 2SU

Download a poster with all these details by clicking here: Safer Internet Day

For more information on Safer Internet Day, including free downloadable packs for schools, visit this website

For further guidance on Internet Safety, including Curriculum Planners and resources, click here.

Online Safety Resources

Online SafetyThe Digital Learning Team have compiled a selection of suggested age appropriate curriculum resources for 3-18 to support schools in the delivery of quality Digital Safety education. The resources are linked to Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes.

These guidelines and curriculum planners offer detailed advice on how to develop and deliver this area and are an excellent resource for schools across Scotland.

Click here for further information.

Safer Internet Day 2013 – Edinburgh Competition Winners

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Today is Safer Internet Day 2013. This global day aims to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology, especially amongst children and young people. Anna from the Digital Learning Team is at the Edinburgh SID conference today organised by the City of Edinburgh Council and we can share the winners of the Edinburgh competition with you..

Best Poster Award went to three P7 students from Trinity Primary School. You can see the poster here on the left and it is available to download here. It will be sent to every GP surgery, Community Centre, Library and School in Edinburgh. Well done Trinity!

Most Creative Award went to students from St Mark’s Primary School for their Internet Safety Song. Click here to hear. Well done St Mark’s!

Best Video Award went to students from P5a at Forthview Primary School for a video message compilation which was made using their iPads. Hopefully we’ll have a link to it soon. Well done Forthview!

Follow the global Safer Internet Day chat on twitter using #SID2013 and follow Edinburgh SID chat using #edinSID

Read more about Safer Internet Day 2013 and the City of Edinburgh Council’s involvement here.