EDS: Being safe & responsible online

5. Being safe and responsible online

There are seven skills statements (13-19) within this skill area:

Protecting privacy (Entry Level and Level 1)

Protecting data
5.1.14 (Entry Level and Level 1)
5.1.15 (Entry Level and Level 1)
5.1.16 (Level 1 only)

Being responsible online
5.1.17 (Entry Level only)
5.1.18 (Level 1 only)

Digital wellbeing  (Entry Level and Level 1)

National standards for essential digital skills (DfE, April 2019)


Checklist designed to support delivery of Gateway's EDSQ (Essential Digital Skills Qualification) E3 and L1. This list allows learners, and staff, to rate their confidence with each element of the qualification at each unit (1-5). 

Editor's notes

An essential piece of kit for those embarking on EDS teaching. Love the 4 tier "traffic light" system. Written for Gateway but useful for all awarding bodies.


Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
Functional Skills English
EDS: Using devices & handling information
EDS: Creating & editing
EDS: Communicating
EDS: Transacting
EDS: Being safe & responsible online

Slides designed to support delivery of Gateway's EDSQ (Essential Digital Skills Qualification), Unit 5 (Being Safe and Responsible Online) at Entry Level 3 and Level 1, with embedded Functional Skills English activities at L1 and L2. This set of slides includes skills from sections 3 (Communication) .  The slides cover: how to report safety concerns, public Wi-Fi, Health and Safety and other online risks. Also many useful links to YouTube videos and other online learning applications. 

Level 1
Level 2
FE L1.3 Respond effectively to detailed questions
FS Eng L1.4 Communicate information / ideas / opinions clearly & accurately on range of topics
FE L1.6 Follow / understand discussions & make contributions relevant to situation & subject
FS Eng L2.5 Communicate information/ideas/opinions clearly/effectively with further detail/development if required
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE L1.17 Read & understand a range of specialist words in context
FE L1.18 Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of texts
FE L1.24 Use format, structure & language appropriate for audience & purpose
FE L2.27 Use language & register (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words) to suit audience & purpose
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas & opinions in different texts
FE L2.12 Compare information, ideas & opinions in different texts, inc. how they are conveyed
Essential Digital Skills
EDS: Being safe & responsible online
Protecting privacy - Entry Level
Protecting privacy - Level 1
Protecting data - Entry Level
Protecting data - Level 1
Being responsible online - Entry Level
Being responsible online - Level 1
Digital wellbeing - Entry Level
Digital wellbeing - Level 1
Electrical, Electronics & Technology
Equality and safeguarding