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Online safety in Scotland: Keeping children safe in the digital world


27/04/2018 09:30






Working with children and young people

About this event

This training event is tailored for professionals working with children and young people. The course will bring you up to date with technology trends including relevant research and highlighting current apps that children and young people are using. We’ll look at the range of online safety risks for children and professionals, and the Scottish policy landscape to prevent and respond to those risks. The course will point to a range of resources and support available to practitioners, and will conclude with a personal action-planning exercise.  Supporting themes include digital participation, literacy and citizenship.

Key Learning:

  • Aware of technology trends, current apps and relevant research around how children and young people are using the internet.
  • Consider digital participation: why it’s good to be online!
  • Identify the range of online safety risks for children and young people, from bullying and relationships to fake news and digital footprint.
  • Consider online safety risks for professionals.
  • Summarise the Scottish policy landscape: regulations, strategies and policies relevant to online safety
  • Identify key sources of support and available resources
  • Develop personal action plan for next steps.

Who should attend

This training event is tailored for professionals working with children and young people.

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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