NSPCC Sexting Guidance


James White at Ineqe Group (www.ineqe.com) has drawn our attention to this NSPCC guidance on sexting.

NSPCC Research – 15% increase in counselling related to sexting.

NSPCC has produced a guide to assist parents talk with children about the dangers and legalities surrounding sexting, empowering them to say no to requests. Access to the guide can be found here http://buff.ly/2aXXSFJ


Safer Internet Day 2015: 10th February

Safer Internet Day

The theme this year for Safer Internet Day is about keeping the channels of communication open between parents/carers and young people about their online activities.

Parents and carers play a crucial role in supporting children to navigate the risks and make the most of the opportunities offered by technology. The most important thing you can do is to  stay engaged with your children’s digital lives.

Often we hear about the negative impact that the internet and new technology has on young people, but on Safer Internet Day we want to celebrate the positives and to explore what we can all do to make sure that all young people have a positive time online.

Teachers can find related resources and lesson activity plans here

Is it okay to copy an Edubuzz photo and put it on Facebook?

Question:  Is it okay for a parent /carer to copy a photo from Edubuzz and put it on Facebook?

Answer:     It is clearly okay for a parent to do what he or she wants with his/her own child’s photograph.  If other children are included in this photo the parent/carer should check with the children involved, or their parents/carers, that they don’t mind their photos being put on Facebook.

 This is exactly the same rule as we teach the children: you shouldn’t share photos or video recordings of people without asking their permission. Parents /carers can help support that teaching by setting an example themselves. 

If  any parents/carers  particularly object to their child’s photos being posted on Facebook, you can remind them that you can tell Facebbok to ask your permission before allowing anyone to tag you in any photos. This won’t stop them being uploaded, of course, but it makes them much less easy to find.

 We do not usually assert copyright of the contents of our web sites, so there is no legal, intellectual property, issue at stake.

For more information, go to this website  https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Primary/


Pupil Inclusion Network: Digital Lives

Scotland’s Pupil Inclusion Network has posted some useful links following their recent seminar on how children and young people live their digital lives.

PINS Theme: Digital Lives

This PINS theme explores where children and young people go in the virtual world for fun, social networking and learning. Whilst recognising the major concerns we have – for example bullying and sexual or violent content – we also recognise the positive environments for learning and focus on the digital skills children and young people need.

NEW – Digital citizenship in the classroom

In Alberta, Canada they are exploring a whole range of ways to explore and advance the idea of digital citizenship and using technology for learning including equipping classrooms with the technology they need and children using their own devices. More HERE

NEWEU kids online

Investigates children’s online uses, activities, risks and safety in Europe and globally. More HERE

Does ICT in education interest you?

The Scottish Government is keen to ensure that those with an interest in ICT in education feel engaged with and informed about future activity. Complete this short survey before Friday May 10th. More HERE

esafety briefings

The UK Safer Internet Centre is delivering free-of-charge esafety briefings across Scotland in May. More HERE

Research with young people using digital media

Young Digital is about using digital research with children and young people. More HERE


It’s all about making, being creative and sharing. Every child can be a maker. More HERE

New internet safety resources from With Scotland

A new Internet Safety Resource covers topics such as Safer Social Networking, Online Gaming and Internet Use and Children’s Sexual Development and Behaviour. More HERE

Sexting Information for young people

The Corner have created a magazine targeted at young people to explain in simple terms the risks around sexting. More HERE

Digital Literacy Survey 2013

A lack of skills is damaging young people’s job and life chances. More HERE

Technologies and Curriculum for Excellence

Essential reading for those supporting learning in this key area. More HERE

Web site photos: can we stop them being copied and posted to Facebook?

An East Lothian school had a query from a Mum wondering if it was possible to prevent children’s photos being copied from school web sites and being posted to Facebook. Our response contained advice on the use of Facebook privacy settings which may be of value to others, so we’re posting it here.

Many years ago, some people did try to create technical barriers to the copying of photos from web site pages. They were mainly professional photographers trying to prevent the theft of their copyright images. Trying to do that, though, has fallen completely out of favour for two reasons.

Firstly, it was always ineffective. People found ways to work around the barriers. For example, with modern high-res computer screens, you can hit “Print Screen” to copy anything on the screen to the Clipboard. From there, it’s a small step to pasting into Paint and saving as a new, surprisingly good quality, image. These days, people might grab a phone, and take a snap. Continue reading “Web site photos: can we stop them being copied and posted to Facebook?”