Digital Lives

Exploring concerns for children’s online safety and recognising that our children and young people go to the virtual world for fun, social networking and learning. Digital literacy is a key topic in today’s learning settings; this theme provides information that helps enable children and young people to engage with the digital realm as a positive environment for learning.

Online safety

Traditional online safety messaging needs to adapt. Upskill yourself as an educator. More HERE

Adolescents' screen time, sleep and mental health

The objective of this systematic review was to summarise the published experimental and longitudinal evidence on adolescent mobile device screen time or use, and the association with sleep and mental health and wellbeing. More HERE

Findings from the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children 2019 survey

The HBSC Scottish survey data is published with a breadth of data on all aspects of children’s lives including spending time online. 90% of 11 year olds own a smartphone – 99% of 15 year olds. One in ten adolescents are characterised as having problematic social media use. Download the pdf doc HERE

ICO submits Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published its 15 standards which clarify the responsibilities of app, social media and games developers, plus educational websites and streaming services. Moire HERE

Free online learning opportunities

Digital Skills Scotland is offering free online digital marketing, for anyone over the age of 16. More HERE

Handling sexting incidents as a parent or teacher

How to relieve the trauma and betrayal that come with these kinds of incidents. More HERE

Safer Internet Day 11th February 2020 

The global theme is: Together for a better internet. More HERE

National Digital Learning Week 11-15 May

Watch this space - more details about the week to follow. More HERE

CyberFirst Girls Competition 2020

Registration closes 21st January! More HERE

Digital Resilience, Inclusion and Wellbeing for Looked After Children and Young People

The report presents a snapshot of experiences and range of findings relating to digital skills, access, inequality, online safety and digital ethics – with recommendations and next steps for each of the themes explored. More HERE

Outstanding Community Inclusion Award

CALL Scotland and Scottish Book Trust win for the Bookbug symbolised resources and accessible digital versions of the Bookbug Family Bag books. More HERE


NSPCC campaign calls for statutory regulation so that social networks have a legal duty of care to protect every child. More HERE

Digital Youth Work

Quality youth work means including young people’s digital lives and needs. YouthLink Scotland is a partner. More HERE

Digital learning, digital life and digital work

Supporting parents learn about their child’s digital learning at school, online safety and careers. More HERE

Social media and mental health

There is growing concern about the potential associations between social media use and mental health and wellbeing in young people. Research explored associations between the frequency of social media use and later mental health and wellbeing in adolescents, and how these effects might be mediated. More HERE

Ellie Primary P1s make their own online safety video

Class teacher Mrs Jalland reports on the highlight of her week. More HERE

Top 10 tips for teaching about digital citizenship in the home

Teacher Pamela Boal on how families play a critical role in helping students get the most out of mobile phones. More HERE

Using digital technology to improve learning

The Education Endowment Foundation report reviews the best available evidence to offer schools four recommendations of how technology can improve teaching and learning. More HERE

Childnet Film Competition

Open to schools and youth organisations, the annual competition invites 7-18 year-olds to create a short film about internet safety. More HERE

National Digital learning Week 13th-17th May

Schools are invited to take part in 5 curriculum focused challenges in STEM, Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Literacy and Numeracy. More HERE

Digital Schools Award

The free programme offers a roadmap and resources to schools who want to do more with technology in their classroom. More HERE

How to talk to your kids about porn

A US programme helps parents tackle the ‘public health crisis of the digital age’ without appearing judgmental or moralistic. More HERE

Share Aware

Holiday time means more time online. This resource supports parents and carers to support children be safe and share aware. More HERE

Internet safety support for parents

Information and support to start the conversation about internet safety. More HERE

Hello World

The computing and digital making magazine for educators. More HERE

5 Rights Youth commission

Young people present evidence to the Scottish Parliament on digital rights. Download the pdf doc HERE

Internet safety for children and young people

A national action plan to ensure appropriate training, support and information is in place. More HERE

Digital technology for teaching and learning

Head teacher Margaret MacLeay on how digital technology helps make a difference at St Oswald’s ASL Secondary School. More HERE

The MindShift guide to digital games and learning

From the US a guide that seeks to unlock the relationship between games and learning in the classroom. More HERE

Digital learning at Stirling High

Alan Hamilton, PT for Business and Technologies believes that all learners need to be digitally literate. One way to achieve this is to use as much relevant and useful technology across learning as possible. More HERE

Digital Learning and Teaching strategy launched

The strategy is about developing the skills and confidence of teachers when using the latest technology, as well as making digital devices more accessible to learners. More HERE

The UK Safer Internet Centre

This is the place to find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet. More HERE

Scottish Computer Voices

Ceitidh, Heather and Stuart are Gaelic and Scots computer voices. Available free to download the voices can be used to read web sites, eBooks, textbooks, SQA exam papers and other curriculum resources as well as check writing, emails, and social media posts. More HERE

Facing the screen dilemma: Young children, technology and early education

The US based Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood argues that developing children thrive when they are talked to, read to and played and that there’s no research showing the benefits of introducing children to new technologies in the first years of life. More HERE

CLD: technology and social media

The Digitally Agile National Principles are a framework for guidance on the use of digital technology and social media in CLD. More HERE  

Children’s rights in the digital context

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s looked at how children’s rights can be applied to the digital context with a need to balance empowerment and protection. More HERE

Child internet safety

The 360 e-safety self-review tool will help schools across Scotland ensure that they have robust, up to date e-safety policies.  More HERE

Can Technology Change Education? Yes!

Raj Dhingra at TEDxBend says Education needs a change of thinking. More HERE

So you got naked online...’

The resource offers children, young people and parents advice and provides strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents. It costs £1. More HERE


A programme of free educational resources for professionals working with children and young people. More HERE

A different way to think about technology in education: Greg Toppo at TEDxAshburn

“Educational technology is any device available to teachers for use in instructing students in a more efficient and stimulating manner than the sole use of the teacher’s voice” Larry Cuban. More HERE

Digital parenting

Vodafone have produced a set of resources to support parents support their children live safe digital lives. More HERE


ChildLine has launched an app to help young people respond to pressures to send sexually explicit texts or images. Available for Android, Apple phones, BlackBerry and iPod touch. It’s free to download. More HERE

Facebook advice on bullying

Some guidelines from Facebook on how to be safer online. 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

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