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Online Safety Briefing Sessions

Delivered by the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), and in partnership with the Scottish Government and local Child Protection Committees, Online Safety Live is a programme of events designed exclusively for professionals working with children and young people and they’re completely FREE.

The events are two hours long and cover a broad range of online safety topics. At the end of the event all delegates receive access to an online resource area containing links to all the materials mentioned, signposting to sources of help and support as well as a live copy of the presentation itself.

SWGfL are returning to Scotland in March this year to deliver sessions in the following areas:

Angus – 6 March 2:30-4:30pm
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Dundee - 7 March 9:30-11:30am
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Kirkcaldy – 7 March 2:30-4:30pm
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Irvine – 8 March 9:30-11:30am
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East Ayrshire – 8 March 2:30-4:30pm
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Prestwick - 9 March 9:30-11:30am
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Dumfries - 9 March 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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Stirling - 10 March 9:30-11:30am
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Falkirk - 10 March 2:30-4:30pm
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Internet Safety

The internet is central to our everyday lives and those of our children and young people. It can be a positive, fun place to interact with the world, with endless possibilities for learning and socialising.

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that our children and young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens. Equally, we want to make sure that we improve the life chances of those children and young people in our communities who are at risk.

So while we want young people to enjoy the internet and all that it has to offer, we also want them to stay in control and know what to do and who to go to if they feel at risk.

We are currently working across government to update our Internet Safety Action Plan, ensuring it is linked to both our Digital Participation and Cyber Resilience strategies. We are also taking steps to ensure the refreshed action plan is linked to work being taken forward in schools. In addition to this, we will be engaging with key external stakeholders who will be crucial in the development of a refreshed action plan.

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Safer Internet Day 2017

Safer Internet Day is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, a partnership of three charitable organisations: Childnet International; the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL); the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). These organisations are committed to working together to make a safer and better internet. All partners recognise the unparalleled opportunities the internet offers and actively encourage its positive use for social, leisure, economic and educational advancement. The partners all work towards the Childnet target to make the Internet a great and safe place for children. 

Find out more

Safer Internet Day 2017 will be on Tuesday 7 February.

We are holding a Safer Internet Day 2017 in Scotland planning event on 13 December, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss our collaborative plans for the day.  If you are interested in attending our event please contact Rachael.Wilson2@gov.scot

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety

Following the Byron Review on child internet safety, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) was established in September 2008.  Chaired by UK Ministers, it consists of representation from a number of organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors. The Scottish Government is represented on the Executive Board of the Council.

Some of the key achievements include:

  • The four main fixed-line Internet Service Providers (ISPs), BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin, were the first to commit to offering customers an 'active choice' as to whether they use parental controls for broadband connections
  • UK Ministers have chaired roundtables to help progress active choice with desktop, laptop and tablet sectors, and with the mobile phone industry
  • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has led on the creation of UKCCIS advice on child internet safety
  • Widespread support for a Safer Internet Day every year

Find out more about the UK Council for Child Internet Safety