Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Being kind and safe online – nursery, primary and secondary

What is this?

These activities will help your child learn about good online behaviour and begin to consider the potential consequences of hurtful or harmful behaviour online. The activities should be done through the medium of Gaelic.

Children and young people should use these ideas to have a conversation with parents/carers, or someone they phone or speak to using a computer.

Why not share the results of your activities on Twitter using #ScotlandLearns and including @EducationScot

You may find it helpful to use the online dictionary Learn Gaelic. It can help with spelling and the pronunciation of words and short phrases.

For children in nursery and P1

  • Talk with your child about using kind words. Share an example of when someone said something kind to you, either in person or through the use of technology. Can your child think of an example too?
  • Talk about how it feels when you use kind words. How does it feel when someone says something unkind?
  • Discuss what words might be kind and how you could use them. Look at a family photograph together and think of some kind things you could say about the people in it or the activity they were doing.

For children in P2/P3/P4

  • Demonstrate to your child good online habits such as respect and kindness by doing some digital things together. For example, looking at something online or on television and finding lots of positive things about it.
  • Ask your child about how they and their friends behave online. Do some people behave differently with friends online than they would if they were with them at home or school? Why do they think this can happen?
  • Ask your child to imagine writing something kind online to one of their friends. How might your child feel? How might their friend feel when they see your child’s words?

For children in P5/P6/P7

  • Talk to your child about how it feels to say something kind to someone. What about saying something unkind?
  • Together discuss any differences between saying something unkind and writing it down?
  • Talk about what might happen if something is posted online about someone that is unkind or untrue. What could be the consequences? Make a list of what might happen.
  • Together come up with two sets of words - one to describe good online behaviour, and one to describe harmful or hurtful online behaviour.
  • Talk to your child about how important it is to think carefully about what they write when they are using technology.

For young people in S1/S2/S3

There are many positive things about living in an increasingly digital world. 

  • Write a list of positive examples of the use of digital technology.
  • Ask other people (maybe in your family) about how they use digital technology in their lives, and the positive difference it makes. For example, they may buy travel tickets or book events online.
  • There can be downsides to digital technology too. Write a list of negative things that might arise using digital technology.
  • If you have seen or done something online which is worrying you, don’t keep it to yourself. Think about a trusted adult you could talk to or ask for help. What can you do about online content you come across which is inappropriate, upsetting or illegal?
  • Think about some aspects of using digital technology that present risks or concern you. Find out more about how to deal with these issues by looking for advice online.