Our partnership with the Nominet aims to equip our scouts with the inspiration, skills and knowledge to be positive, active, citizens online and offline. By using digital means in a clever and savvy way, they will be encouraged to positively impact their surroundings, whether in their scout meeting place, their communities or in the world!
Nominet is supporting The Scouts to develop relevant skills and a good understanding of what it takes to be positively active online whilst being safe and responsible. In a world that is ever-changing, the boundary between the digital and the real world is increasingly fading, especially for young people.
This exciting and ambitious project started with an important reflection on what we mean by being a digital citizen and what skills and attitudes it involves.
Try out these activities we've made with our partner Nominet.
Safer Internet Day - 11 February 2020
Keeping young people safe couldn’t be more important. That’s why we’re backing Safer Internet Day on 11 February 2020. It’s all about promoting online safety for young people, helping them use digital technology responsibly, respectfully and creatively, while getting them to think and ask questions.
Here are the ways you can get involved:
- Order the Safer Internet Day Fun badge for your Scouts from at Scout Store (available all year)
- Try these two activities with your young people; Yes, no, maybe and Digital Detectives.
- Read this blog to understand why it is so important that we support this work.
Scouts is just one of over 2,000 organisations across the UK taking part in Safer Internet Day from tech companies and schools to charities, youth groups and football clubs.
Eleanor Bradley, Managing Director of Registry Solutions and Public Benefit at Nominet, "Safer Internet Day will help young people to develop resilience and critical thinking skills," she says, "to improve their safety online by challenging assumptions and reflecting on their activity."
Download your MakeDoShare activity here.
In partnership with Nominet we have carried out some research, conducted by Unthinkable, to gather insights from digital experts, scout volunteers and young people in scouting on what digital citizenship means.
The findings have highlighted the importance of having a programme that should touch on these different themes: Health and Wellbeing, Digital Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Positive Interaction and Social Action.
The Scouts now intend to work to create a programme and activities that are relevant and engaging for scouts groups in order to achieve the outcomes identified through this research. So watch this space!
If you want to know more about the research, you can look at the executive summary and the full report below.
Activities for Safer Internet Day
What does someone’s social media say about them? Get to know some characters then give them friendly advice.Digital detectives
Use all of your senses to work out if someone’s telling the truth in this fast-paced game that develops critical thinking skills.Yes, no, maybe
Nominet has been at the forefront of innovation for 20 years through its internet registry solutions, cyber security services and dynamic spectrum management. Driven by a commitment to use technology to improve connectivity, security and inclusivity online, Nominet is a profit with a purpose company supporting initiatives that contribute to a vibrant digital future. www.nominet.uk. Read more about Nominet’s Public Benefit strategy to support young people through technology.