Course Duration: 72 minutes (approx.)
Safeguarding children online is everyone’s responsibility. All staff should receive appropriate online safety training which is regularly updated and is integrated, aligned and considered as part of the whole school or college safeguarding approach and wider staff training and curriculum planning.
This Essential CPD course provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to feel confident and empowered to help keep children safe online.
Split into bite-sized modules, the training has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost-effective and most time-efficient manner. It has been produced in high-quality remote video CPD format which is accessible on any device, any time, anywhere.
Developed by Lorna Ponambalum, safeguarding expert and senior leadership education professional, the course is split into seven modules. The course consists of learning through video modules, completion of tasks, further reading and viewing external resources. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives from the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.
Designed in line with the following policies
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education
- Teaching online safety in schools
- Education for a connected world
- Sharing nudes and semi-nudes: advice for education settings working with children and young people
- Harmful online challenges and online hoaxes
- The Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF)
- Ofsted Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Setting guidance
- Understanding your statutory online safeguarding responsibilities and recognising the core legislation and guidance.
- Recognising what the most effective approach to online safety is and exploring the main roles and responsibilities of different members of staff.
- Identifying the different types of online harms and risks associated with unsafe communications.
- Understanding the impact the online world can have on children’s mental health and wellbeing and implementing strategies to build their digital resilience.
- Recognising the important role staff have to play in supporting children with SEND and providing them with an online safety education.
Module 1: Introduction to online safety
Module one will provide you with an introduction to online safety, why there is a need for online safety training and discuss how technology and the internet have changed the way children interact with the world.
Module 2: Statutory policies and legislation
Module two will explore the statutory policies that all staff must be aware of around safeguarding children online, including Keeping children safe in education, as well as curriculum requirements and guidance in relation to Ofsted.
Module 3: Delivering a whole school approach
In module three you will learn about different staff roles and responsibilities and how implementing a whole school approach is the most effective way to educate and protect children from online risks.
Module 4: Managing risks – online communication
Module four will explore the range of online dangers associated with unsafe communications, what dangers they pose to children and what steps staff can take if and when an incident arises.
Module 5: Managing risks – online information
In module five, you will learn about the different types of risks associated with managing information online including exploring what an online reputation is, the dangers of the dark web and how fake news can be harmful.
Module 6: Mental health and wellbeing
Module six will focus on risks that can impact children’s mental health, wellbeing and lifestyle such as the relationship between social media and mental health, device addiction, online gambling and several others.
Module 7: Supporting children with SEND
The final module will discuss the main legislation around online safeguarding support for children with SEND, why online risks are heightened for this group of learners and the measures staff can take to protect them from harm.