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Introduction to digital citizenship


25/01/2018 09:00




Free member event


Working with children and young people

About this event

Today's children and young people are growing up online. In recent years, there has been a focus on developing computer literacy skills and staying safe on the internet, but the broader concept of 'digital citizenship' recognises a desire to support young people's development into ethical, critical, responsible and engaged online citizens. It encompasses elements such as ethics, reputation, fake news, privacy and self-image.

This seminar will explore what it means to be a digital citizen, and the benefits and risks that entails. It will touch on a range of relevant teaching materials and resources on this issue, as well as sources of support.

Key learning:

•    Understand the concept of digital citizenship

•    Understand key benefits and risks to young people of being online

•    Build awareness of a range of relevant classroom teaching materials, resources and sources of support.

Facilitator bio

Jess McBeath is a consultant and trainer specialising in online safety and digital citizenship within a Scottish context.  She provides online safety consultancy to schools, charities and public sector organisations, as well as delivering training to parents, professionals and young people. She is an Online Safety Mark Accredited Assessor and a CEOP Ambassador.  With a 1st class degree in Linguistics & Artificial Intelligence and an MBA (distinction), Jess began her career working in IT for a multi-national corporation, followed by a rollercoaster year at a mobile software start-up business.  Following this, Jess moved into the public sector, managing local authority services including learning and development, strategic planning, performance and self-evaluation. Jess has worked closely with colleagues including education, child protection, social work, police, health, elected members and voluntary sector bodies to review and transform services, and to prepare for and respond to inspection.

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