The Scottish Government announces the launch of an action plan and marketing campaign to improve the safety of children on the internet and prevent problems such as cyber bullying, internet fraud and online grooming. The action plan will build on what is already happening in schools and elsewhere to:

  • Create a safer online environment for children, for example by working with games developers in Scotland to raise awareness of the dangers associated with accessing inappropriate material through gaming and working with the industry to identify how best to help parents increase their understanding and use of web-filtering software.
  • Give everyone who cares for or works with children the skills and knowledge to help them stay safe on-line, including providing on-line training and guidance on internet safety for all teachers through GLOW, the Scottish schools’ education platform, and working with the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency to identify CPD opportunities for police officers.
  •  Promote more safe and responsible internet use. The radio and press based marketing campaign, alongside a national competition for children, encouraging them to come up with creative ideas for new resources to teach others about safe internet use, will support these efforts.

The competition will encourage young people to help create materials which can be used to help teach others about how to use the internet safety and responsibly. Where possible it should carry the digital code message – Zip It, Block It, Flag It.

The competition will be run in conjunction with Young Scot and Learning and Teaching Scotland. Related publication: Action plan on Internet safety for Children.