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Online safety: empowering young people in a digital world


23/02/2021 09:30







As part of our organisational response to the COVID-19 virus, Children in Scotland has adapted our training and events programme to a digital webinar format for the foreseeable future.

Our webinar programme can be found here and will be updated regularly.

We may be running some of our scheduled events as abbreviated webinar versions, while others have to be cancelled or postponed until face-to-face training is possible again. Please keep an eye on our website, social media channels and Eventbrite page for updates.

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About this event

This training is tailored for professionals working with children and young people. The course will bring you up to date with technology trends, research, apps and current thinking. 

We’ll use scenarios to practice key professional skills in how we engage with, educate and respond to online safety incidents. We’ll also look at how professionals represent and protect themselves online.

Key learning:

  • Aware of technology trends, current apps and relevant research around how children and young people use digital.
  • Update on current risks, such as bullying, relationships, mental health, privacy, fake news and digital footprint.
  • Practice identifying individual risk, considering appropriate prevention and response within the context of digital citizenship.
  • Consider online safety risks for professionals.
  • Summarise the Scottish policy landscape: regulations, strategies and relevant policies.
  • Identify key sources of support and available resources.
  • Develop personal action plan for next steps.

Facilitator bio

Jess McBeath is a consultant and trainer specialising in online safety and digital citizenship within a Scottish context.  She advises schools, charities and public sector organisations, as well as delivering training to parents, professionals and young people and developing educational materials. She is an Online Safety Mark Accredited Assessor and a CEOP Ambassador.  Jess is a member of AACOSS (Association of Adult and Child Online Safety Specialists) and was awarded the NSPCC Childhood Champion Award as Schools Volunteer for Scotland 2018.  She has a 1st class degree in Linguistics & Artificial Intelligence and an MBA (distinction).

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