Using the Internet is more and more becoming part of daily life and Children and Young People have fully embraced the use of information and communication technologies to maintain contact with friends and make new ones particularly with social networking sites and gaming technology. We are all becoming more familiar with using emails, creating websites, posting news and views, seeking information and keeping up with events across the world. Whilst most interactions are positive, it is vital that Children and Young People in Highland know how to keep themselves safe.
The Highland Council, Education, Culture and Sport Service has provided every pupil across Highland school communities with a specially developed leaflet to show them how to protect themselves online. The leaflet: Your Guide to Staying Safe on the Internet (PDF, 1.7 MB) / A’ cumail Sàbhailte air an Eadar-lìon (PDF, 1.7 MB) was distributed to coincide with ‘Safer Internet Day’ a global event which takes place each year in early February with the purpose of promoting safer and more responsible use of online and mobile communication technology.
Highland E-Safety Strategy
The Highland Council Education, Culture and Sport Service, Child Protection, Northern Constabulary, NHS Highland and Safe, Strong and Free (Voluntary Agency) have recently developed an E-Safety Strategy which has recommended that all schools include a comprehensive programme of education on ‘Internet Safety and Responsible Use’ using approved resources. The intention is that all Children and Young people in Highland:
- Know how to have FUN online
- Know how to stay in CONTROL on the net
- Know how to REPORT if they're worried.
The resources being promoted have been developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) through the 'Thinkuknow' initiative and have been piloted in Highland schools.
The website which is the education strand of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has been fully endorsed by the Highland E-Safety Group and provides further information for young people, parents / carers and professionals.
Suitable for P1 –P3 'Hector the Protector', who is a fun, friendly dolphin who with his underwater friends focus on how to keep safe online. There are accompanying stickers and posters so that Hector and his friends can be familiar characters in the classroom and home. There are 5 episodes with interactive resources that parents can use at home too.
Suitable for P4 – P7/S1 ‘CyberCafe’ a resource through which pupils can learn all about what the different types of technology are and how to use them safely. There are 11 sessions with curriculum materials to compliment the online resources.
In Secondary schools, all schools are required to deliver the 'Thinkuknow' hour presentation from S2 onwards, training is available to professionals to deliver this hard hitting resource which focuses on 'Do you know who you're talking to?'
For more information and training opportunities please go to the home of the Highland E-Safety Strategy
Reporting Illegal Images
If anyone sees any illegal images on the Internet they can report this to the Internet Watch Foundation (www.iwf.org.uk). The IWF works in partnership with the Police, Government and the internet industry to minimise the availability of illegal content online, this includes child abuse images, criminally obscene images and criminally racist content If you are exposed to images or content which you think fits into any of these categories, don’t ignore it, report it!
For more information on any of the above please contact
Louise Jones on 01463 702066