Scotland's Child Internet Safety Action Plan
The first UK Child Internet Safety Strategy was launched in December 2009. In February 2010, the Scottish Government launched its own specific Action Plan to help address some of the child internet safety and responsible use issues in Scotland.
The Scottish Action plan specifically uses the words 'responsible use' following any reference to 'child internet safety'. We believe in Scotland that one of the ways to keep our children safe online is through education in how to use the internet responsibly.
The report makes reference to the fact that internet safety and responsible use is the responsibility of all staff.
There are a number of resources that are available online to support the teaching of internet safety and responsible use. Practitioners from all over Scotland have started to catalogue these materials on an Internet Safety and Responsible Use Resources Glow Blog. Here you can find and search for resources to support Curriculum for Excellence and also parents.
The Internet Safety and Responsible Use Glow Group provides resources for teachers to update their skills and knowledge on all issues regarding internet safety and responsible use. A brand new online training course for teachers will be launched in early 2011.
Internet safety and Curriculum for Excellence
Curriculum for Excellence highlights through the experiences and outcomes the importance of Internet Safety and Responsible Use.
'I am developing my knowledge and use of safe and acceptable conduct as I use different technologies to interact and share experiences, ideas and information with others.'
'By considering ways to protect technological devices, I can act safely and responsibly when selecting and using different technologies to communicate and collaborate.'
'I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible.'
'I know I can demonstrate how to keep myself and others safe and how to respond in a range of emergency situations.'
It is also important to remember that child internet safety and responsible use does not just refer to online grooming and the protection of children from sexual abuse. It also refers to the education of children and young people to help them become more digitally literate.
'To help me develop an informed view, I am exploring the techniques used to influence my opinion. I can recognise persuasion and assess the reliability of information and credibility and value of my resources.'
All Scottish teachers have a commitment to protect children as part of the Standard for Registration of the GTCS.
This is referred to in the GTCS Standard for Full Registration under:
3.1 Professional values and personal commitment
'Registered teachers show in their day-to-day practice a commitment to social justice, inclusion and caring for and protecting children.'