Safe remote learning and teaching in times of lockdown

  • Awareness
  • 18/06/2020
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

In times of lockdown, emergency remote teaching and learning has become the new normal. To ensure that this is carried out in a safe and secure way, the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre launched a campaign targeted to students on national television, and a series of webinars on the topic for teachers.

Campaign for students on national television

The Portuguese General-Directorate for Education, through the Awareness centre of the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC), is carrying on a nation-wide awareness campaign entitled "Studying at home: tips to stay safe" aimed at students. Using a set of animated videos that promote digital citizenship, this campaign is shown during the breaks of the distance learning classes broadcasted on national TV (RTP Memória).

Screenshot of the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre's "Studying at home: tips to stay safe" campaign

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It is worth mentioning that the Portuguese SIC is also providing an awareness poster and an illustration gallery with several recommendations, so that students can remain safe during  these unnatural pandemic home study times. The themes addressed in this campaign were, among others "respect others"; "respect copyright"; "be mindful of your digital footprint"; "protect your personal data"; "be careful what you install"; "protect your passwords"; "think before sharing"; "reliability of information".

Find more information about this campaign on the website of the Portuguese SIC.

Webinars for teachers on safe remote teaching

Picture for the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre's webinars on safe remote teaching

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In view of the current emergency remote teaching and learning context, the Portuguese General-Directorate for Education has promoted six webinars with well-known specialists in themes related to distance learning contexts. Overall, these webinars covered ethical and safety issues such as:

The webinars are about 40 minutes long and took place on Zoom.  Simultaneously, they were livestreamed on the SeguraNet YouTube channel and on the SeguraNet, ERTE and eSafety Label Facebook pages. These webinars were attended by 3,000 teachers. Further information, including recordings, are available on the Portuguese SIC's website.

Find out more information about the work of the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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  • Awareness
  • 19/02/2020
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

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