On Wednesday in partnership with the Scottish Government Learning and Teaching Scotland ran a Conference on Internet Safety and Responsible Use. Over 150 delegates including early years practitioners, primary teachers, secondary teachers, school leaders, QIOs, community education, the police and representatives from national bodies all assembled at Stirling Management Centre for what can only be described as an outstanding conference. Or as Simon Finch from the National Education Network put it, “If Carlsberg did esafety conferences…”
We were lucky enough to have Adam Ingram, MSP the Scottish Minister for Children and Families open the conference. He also took the opportunity to launch the second year of the Scottish Governments Action Plan on Child Internet Safety and Responsible Use. Just like last year I was delighted that the Scottish Action plan (unlike some areas of the UK) has responsible use in the title.
Keynote presentations were then provided by Helen King, Head of Education at CEOP and Josie Fraser, Leicester City Council. Helen’s presentation touched on sexting and she took an opportunity to show the new CEOP sexting film that was launched on Safer Internet Day 2011.
Josie focused on Digital Identity and Young People. One of her quotes really sticks in my head, ‘If your not managing your own digital identity on-line someone else is doing it for you’. She is of course absolutely right.
I was lucky enough to attend Simon Finch's workshop on Safeguarding for All that had a particular emphasis on some of the Internet Safety and Responsible Use Issues for children with additional support needs. In the afternoon I attended Penny Patterson’s Presentation on Internet Safety and Responsible Use Issues for Early Years and Childminders.
I hope to find time to write more about my learning from the conference over the next week. The good news is that all of the keynotes were recorded and we also managed to get video footage of most of the workshops as well. Presenters slides are available over on the conference website and we are working hard in the background to get the video material up-loaded.
One additional resource that we had at the conference was Graham Ogilvie – Graham captured the conference in cartoons. 20 of the key messages are currently being drawn up and will be available to anyone who wishes to use these outstanding illustrations to deliver their own professional development opportunities.
From a personal point of view I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone that was involved in Wednesdays event. I’ve been pushing this agenda for a long time now and although we continue to take small steps I remain positive about future work.