The conference was opened by the Minister for Children and Early Years, Adam Ingram. My own presentation was about national qualifications in this area, specifically:
- Internet Safety (unit)
- Child Online Protection & Safeguarding of Children (PDA)
The keynote talks were excellent. Helen King, of CEOP, gave an interesting talk about trends in child protection. She pointed out that CEOP has a channel on YouTube with some excellent resources on child protection, including a new video on sexting.
The second keynote, from Jodie Fraser, emphasised the limitations of schools trying to control young people, rather than educate them. She spoke about "the limitations of filtering, blocking and banning" and how it "failed to equip young people to become adults in the digital world". She pointed out that banning many web services frustrated innovative teachers.
Contact Caroline to find out more about SQA's online safety awards.