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20 Jun 2022

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New SSSC Open Badges for online safety and security

We have created eight new online safety and security Open Badges. These are for anyone working in social work, social care and early years to help keep themselves, their organisation and people using services safe and secure online.

Why digital?

You can gain this badge by demonstrating your understanding of the importance of good online safety and security practices in the workplace and basic steps you can take to keep yourself, the people who use your service and your organisation safe and secure online.

Digital footprint

You can gain this badge by demonstrating your understanding of the type and amount of information you share online and how this can impact on your personal and work lives, as well as that of your organisation and the people who use your service.

Social media

You can gain this badge by demonstrating your understanding of how your personal and work use of social media can have significant consequences both in your personal and work lives and how the lines between them can easily become blurred.

Digital security

You can gain this badge by demonstrating your understanding of the importance of digital security practice and procedures and how to influence such positive behaviour in your organisation.

Email

You can gain this badge by demonstrating your understanding of safe and responsible use of email and how to manage your email accounts in a safe and secure manner.

Video chats

You can gain this badge by demonstrating your understanding of the appropriate use of online meeting platforms and how to secure online chats and webinars.

Wifi and routers

You can gain this badge by demonstrating your understanding of how to secure your wifi and routers.

Reflection

You can gain this badge by demonstrating your understanding of online safety and security by completing the first seven badges from our online safety and security series.

About Open Badges

Open Badges are digital records of achievements and skills that are tied to assessment and evidence. Unlike paper certificates, Open Badges are managed online.

Open Badges are a straightforward way to collect, manage and share evidence of your learning in today’s digital world. You can collect them to evidence your learning and share them in places that matter to you, including offline as printable certificates. When you show your badge to someone, they will be able to see criteria against which the badge was issued and any evidence you provided.

We issue Open Badges to recognise continuous and informal learning that would otherwise go unrecorded.

Do I have to be SSSC registered to earn badges?

No, you don’t need to be registered with us to earn badges. Anyone can earn most of our badges; there are a small number of badges specifically related to registration that require you to be SSSC registered and it will say so in the requirements.

If you would like to learn more about the new online safety and security Open Badges, please contact Scott Tees at scott.tees@sssc.uk.com

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council
communications@sssc.uk.com