Glow for parents and carers

Glow is Scotland’s nationally available digital environment that can be used to  support learning across the whole curriculum.

Access to Glow is restricted to learners and educators who are issued a username and password that gives access to a number of different web services such as Microsoft Office 365, G Suite for Education and Glow Blogs.

Keep up to date with your children’s learning

There are a number of ways in which parents can keep informed about their children’s learning, some of these use Glow and do not require a Glow account to access them.

  • Check with your child’s school/establishment to find out if they have created a public Glow Blog or a Sway to keep parents and carers up-to-date on their children’s learning and homework through an interactive newsletter, school or class website. Here are some examples of:
  • Subscribe to the Education Scotland newsletter for Parent and Carers to keep informed of the latest educational developments.
  • Check with your child’s school/establishment to see how you can get notifications through their social media channels such as Twitter. Many teachers post regularly about the learning that is taking place in the classroom.
  • Contact your child’s school/establishment to find out how to receive emails.

Stay Safe Online

Due to the current circumstances more learning is taking place at home and internet access at home is different to the relatively safer access that is provided in a school environment.

School networks are often configured with additional safety measures in mind to reduce the likelihood of inappropriate content being displayed and to protect the learners from the external threats that exist in the open internet.

It is important to recognise that the steps listed below will significantly reduce the overall risk to you and your child online, however similar to the school networks, no safety method is 100% effective and should you or your child see anything that concerns you in the Glow environment then please report it through Report a Glow Concern

Here are 5 steps to creating a safer online environment at home for your child.

  1. Make sure your home WiFi has parental control settings enabled.

How to set up filters on your home internet

2. Help reduce exposure to inappropriate or offensive content by turning on safe searching.

How to turn on safe search

3. Stay safe online by creating a strong password.

How to choose a strong password

4. Manage social network access and other online services by checking the security and privacy features

Safety tools for social networks and other online services

5. Use the Online safety activity packs to talk to your children about staying safe online

Advice and activities from age 4+ to 14+ including Parent/Carer

Further support and help