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Alan Mackenzie

Online safety specialist

Delivering online safety training and consultancy in schools, organisations, police and much more has been a passion of mine since 2007; I love technology and the huge benefits that can be realised through global connectivity.  I’m a strong believer that online safety is an enabler, not a showstopper; it should not be a barrier to innovative use of technology. 

I’m a heavy user of social media, have been a gamer since my early 20’s and I love YouTube. In other words, I use all the things children and young people use; I understand their online spaces and the language they are using, and when I’m in schools delivering online safety training or speaking at a conference this is exactly what I’m talking about. 

I strongly believe that if you educate children using the spaces they engage in, they understand more, they’re more enthusiastic, they engage and therefore the likelihood of positive impact is greater.

Online Safety (Schools)

Tailored online safety training and support for staff, students and parents.

Online Safety (Organisations)

A variety of training and consultancy services for organisations in the private and public sector.

Free Resources

A selection of free online safety resources on a range of topics.

New for 2024 - Online Safety Pro

Online Safety Pro is a 12-month subscription specifically for primary and secondary schools to keep staff, parents and governors up to date in a simple, time-saving and cost-effective way.

The subscription includes annual training for staff and parents plus half-termly updates which comprises a 10-minute video for staff and a PDF newsletter for parents.


Tailored online safety training and support for all staff and senior leaders, students, governing body and parents. Up-skilling for online safety lead or those with strategic responsibility.

Online safety audit, looking at your practices and procedures in school, including leadership, curriculum, parental engagement etc. in order to advise on any weak areas and to assist with strategically planning best practice.


I am very happy to work with charities and commercial organisations for one-off projects or more strategic support.

Recent projects: risk-assessing all the apps/games on the NetAware website on behalf of the NSPCC; a white paper and risk-assessment for a new children’s app; design and delivery of a number of online safety videos for a training organisation. Articles and opinion pieces for organisations such as Internet Matters and FOSI.

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First of all, I wanted to say how well received your visit was. It’s rare to have such unequivocal support for any consultant to the school, but I think your straightforward and pragmatic approach was welcomed by all those that you met.
Southbank International School
Director of ICT
The course proved to be very informative and valuable. I would urge anyone who is an ICT Co-ordinator or delegated Safeguarding contact in your school to sign up as the course tackled a range of issues, information and strategies designed to help your school cope with the demands of modern technology and communication. I cannot rate this course highly enough.
Quadring and Brown Primary
Computing Lead
The training was invaluable, not only reinforcing how successful our e-safety in school is but also in providing forward-thinking ideas and having opportunities for dialogue with like-minded professionals who recognise the importance of e-safety in school. During a recent Ofsted inspection, the inspector responsible for safeguarding, identified having a designated e-safety officer as a real strength, and a contributing factor to our excellent safeguarding procedures. It is training that a member of the leadership team from every school needs to go on.
North Cockerington Primary
After careful consideration we decided to use Alan’s services in school primarily because of his in-depth knowledge and experience of using ICT in schools and e-safety background. Recently Alan attended a governor’s meeting to deliver an e-safety awareness session; it was clear, informative and thought-provoking. We will continue to use Alan’s services in the future across the whole school not only for e-safety but to drive the use of technology with staff and the children.
Swineshead and Sutton Fourfields

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