Safer Internet Day 2012

Safer Internet Day SQA and organisations throughout Europe joined together on 7 February 2012 to support Safer Internet Day. Organised annually by Insafe, the day promotes safer and responsible use of online and mobile technology, especially amongst children and young people.

This year, Safer Internet Day was centred around the theme of connecting generations and educating each other, with the slogan: "Discover the digital world together... safely!"

Further information and resources are available on the Safer Internet Day website, the UK Safer Internet Centre website and to teachers registering on the Think U Know website.

SQA supports safer surfing

SQA offers the first National Qualification in the EU relating to internet safety. Our Internet Safety Award is for anyone who regularly uses the internet and wants to protect themselves while they're online. It is particularly suitable for young people, small businesses and online shoppers.  The Internet Safety Award is an ‘e-only’ qualification, whereby there is no traditional teaching and almost no paperwork involved.

New and improved

We are getting ready to launch our newly updated Internet Safety Award.

Since the development of the original qualification in 2006, there have been significant changes in internet use, particularly the increased use of Social Networking, with its associated dangers, and the increase in the incidence of cyberbullying.

SQA has responded to these changes and has developed the revised Internet Safety Award which will directly replace the existing Award. There is a stronger focus on personal safety and online behaviour, and greater emphasis on Social Networking and the use of mobile devices.

The Award will remain as a single Unit at Intermediate 1 (SCQF level 4) and will be available to centres from March 2012.

Minimum start up time, effort and expense

Support for the updated Award will continue in the form of a Delivery Guide and an Assessment Support Pack, which will give detailed advice on how to deliver and assess the qualification.

Web-based learning materials created specifically for the Internet Safety Award are available through a link on our Solar website. Learning materials for the updated Award will be available from March 2012.

The entry charge will remain at £7.50 — a small price to pay to help safe guard your candidates when on the internet.

Achievement of the Internet Safety Award will continue to be recorded on each candidate’s Scottish Qualification Certificate.