Kirkcaldy pupils unveil online safety resource

Pupils at Sinclairtown Primary at the launch of Go Safe Scotland
Pupils at Sinclairtown Primary at the launch of Go Safe Scotland

Pupils at a Kirkcaldy school have launched a new online safety resource for schools across Scotland.

Go Safe Scotland – a new online resource developed by staff within the Fife Community Safety Partnership and their counterparts across Scotland – was officially launched at Sinclairtown Primary.

It provides teaching staff with a variety of activities to promote safety and is designed for all children in nursery and primary school.

Digital safety is the latest section to completed and highlights how to use social media safely.

It tackles issues such as online bullying, and how to keep personal details private and secure.

The launch event took place as part of Scottish Child Safety Week 2014.

Pupils at Sinclairtown Primary tried out the learning activities available including positive uses of mobile phones, the importance of choosing strong passwords and how the way people look online is not always how they really are.

They also found out about not trusting everything we read on the internet, why online rules are needed when using the internet as well as how to use a variety of sources online to check whether something is true or not.

Hosting the event, Councillor Bryan Poole, Fife Council spokesman for education, children, young people and families said: “We work very hard to promote internet safety and raise awareness of online issues.

“Our involvement in the creation of Go Safe Scotland means we can ensure that the needs of children and young people in Fife are reflected nationally, especially in the constantly evolving online world.”

Aileen Campbell MSP, minister for children and young people, leads on national work around internet safety, including Go Safe Scotland.

He said: “Staying safe online is important for us all but it can be difficult to keep up with advice on using the internet safely.

“There is a lot of guidance out there and one of the reasons we hosted a summit on internet safety last December was to discuss the issues around this and how we can make people of all ages more confident online.”

He added: “Finding enjoyable and innovative ways to get young people to recognise the importance of digital safety will allow them to enjoy the wonderful social and educational opportunities that the internet provides in a responsible way.”

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