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Safe and Empowered: Responding to a Digital Generation

This programme offers free face-to-face and online learning for teachers in Scotland about online safety and digital citizenship. It covers the latest tech trends and safety issues, curriculum links and materials, professional skills and key resources to support teachers. 

SWGfL is a charity dedicated to empowering the safe and secure use of technology through innovative services, tools, content and policy. We are proud to be a world leader in online child safety and we have built an international reputation for developing multi award-winning educational online safety tools, services and resources.  Working closely with governments, agencies and technology providers in the UK and internationally, we advise and shape policy, practice and legislation.

What are the benefits?

Free face-to-face and online learning for teachers in Scotland about online safety and digital citizenship. The programme covers the latest tech trends and safety issues, curriculum links and materials, professional skills and key resources to support teachers.

Topics include:

  • Don’t share, don’t talk, don’t meet! Let’s bring online safety education up to date.
  • Sexting: How effective is blaming and shaming?
  • The greatest lie ever told: Trust, conspiracy, algorithms and critical thinking.
  • Gaming addiction: Are the kids really hooked?
  • Disengaged and oversharing: Tips for involving parents.
  • Being me online: How can educators manage their social media presence?
  • Hurry, book NOW before it’s too late! (clickbait and why it’s a problem for educators).

Plus FREE:

  • parents' presentation for use by your school
  • webinars and podcasts to keep you in the know.

The ‘Safe and Empowered: Responding to a Digital Generation’ training will support practitioners to:

  • understand the technological context of today’s children and wider technology trends
  • gain knowledge of the full range of online issues affecting young people, along with relevant advice, resources and sources of support. 
    Topics include:
    - friendships and relationships (bullying, sexting, pornography, sexual exploitation)
    - physical and mental health (digital childhood, screen time, gaming, gambling, self-image, social media)
    - privacy, rights and reputation (data, fraud, rights, oversharing, cyber resilience)
    - media and information literacy (fake news, critical thinking extremism)
    - professional online reputation.
  • identify a range of educational materials available, linked to Curriculum for Excellence and set within the Scottish policy and legal context.  This includes referencing materials from leading organisations in the field, including CEOP
  • develop skills in identifying and responding to risk
  • identify personal values which impact on professional practice
  • consider how to better engage parents and carers on this topic.
Who is it for?

This programme is suitable for educators at all stages of their career in early years settings, primary and secondary schools.

Duration

Phase 1 of the project runs until March 2020. Activities comprise:

Practitioner training events: Nine one-day events to be delivered across Scotland. Minimum eight delegates (max 20; target 15) per event. Delegates who can’t attend in person can access two 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.

Webinars and podcasts (six): Focused webinars will be delivered on key topics, providing the latest research and resources, and enabling Q&A interaction with participants. Podcasts will involve interviews with relevant organisations across Scotland and potentially internationally.

For more information

This programme is funded by Education Scotland.

For further information, contact enquiries@swgfl.org.uk.

Or go to SWGfL or the UK Safer Internet Centre.