SQA: Revision of Internet Safety Unit: Practitioner Survey

In September 2006 SQA launched what was probably the world's first Internet Safety qualification, consisting of a single Unit at Intermediate 1. This qualification was aimed mainly at secondary school and college students and has seen a substantial uptake from these groups.

However, there have been significant changes in Internet use since 2006, particularly the increased use of Social Networking and the associated dangers. A minor revision of the qualification was undertaken in late 2010, prior to having it accredited on QCF for use in England and Wales.

SQA is now proposing to carry out a major revision of the unit as used in Scotland. To this end we would be grateful if you could take some time to answer the following questions at your earliest convenience. The questionnaire should take only a few minutes to answer. Your responses will have a major impact on shaping the revised qualification.

Once the results have been analysed they will be publicised through the SQA Computing blog and other sources.

This survey is aimed principally at teachers and lecturers who have been involved in delivering the qualification or are likely to do so in future. Please bring it to the attention of anyone else you think may be interested in responding.

Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have any queries, or other comments to make, please email ted@hastings.nu.

* 1. Are there any aspects of the existing unit (F0H5 10: Internet Safety) that you particularly like and would want to see kept in the revised version?

* 2. Are there any aspects of the existing unit (F0H5 10: Internet Safety) that you particularly dislike and would want to see amended in the revised version? If so, please suggest what amendments should be made.

* 3. Are there any aspects of the existing unit which pose particular difficulties for delivery in a classroom situation? If so, can you suggest how these difficulties could be resolved?

* 4. Candidates will be expected to understand the risks that exist when using the internet. How important do you think it is to include each of the following topics?

  Totally Unimportant Fairly Unimportant Neutral Fairly Important Very Important
Identifying risks to user safety and privacy.
Identifying risks to data security.
Identifying risks to system performance and integrity.
Knowing how to minimise Internet risks.
Knowing the factors that affect the reliability of information on websites.

* 5. Candidates will be expected to know how to safeguard themselves and others when working online. How important do you think it is to include each of the following topics?

  Totally Unimportant Fairly Unimportant Neutral Fairly Important Very Important
Take appropriate precautions to ensure own safety and privacy.
Protect personal information online
Carry out checks on others' online identity.
Know the forms and features of cyberbullying.
Know when and how to report online safety issues.
Know where to get online help and information on Internet safety.

* 6. Candidates will be expected to be able to take precautions to maintain data security. How important do you think each of the following topics is?

  Totally Unimportant Fairly Unimportant Neutral Fairly Important Very Important
Taking appropriate precautions to maintain data security.
Taking appropriate precautions to maintain system performance and integrity.
Using appropriate browser safety and security settings.
Using appropriate client software safety and security settings.

* 7. Candidates will be expected to follow legal constraints, guidelines and procedures which apply when working online. How important do you think each of the following topics is?

  Totally Unimportant Fairly Unimportant Neutral Fairly Important Very Important
Identifying legal constraints on the uploading and downloading of software and other digital content.
Identifying legal constraints on online behaviour.
Observing guidelines and procedures for the safe use of the Internet.

* 8. Are there any additional topics that you feel should be covered in the revised unit?

* 9. Please indicate which of the following categories you belong to:

* 10. Please add any further comments you wish to make on the Internet Safety Unit.

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