What is the Online Safety Leads course?

  • An in-depth course for those who manage online safety in school/college.
  • e.g. DSL, Computing Coordinator, ICT Lead, Safeguarding Governor, Headteacher etc.
  • Online (virtual) training via short modules by an experienced specialist.
  • At your own pace, in your own time (12 month licence).
  • Printed certificate sent to you on completion.

Teaching online safety is one thing, managing online safety when you are time poor is another thing entirely, particularly when you take into account curriculum, safeguarding, technology, parental engagement and more.

This online safety leads course will help you will all of this. Clear, pragmatic, up to date information from someone who works in schools and colleges and specialises in online safety.

To see all the topics covered go to the bottom of this page.

Clear and pragmatic with lots of opinion backed up by experience and real examples. Totally changed the way I think about online safety and my approach to it. Lots to think about and implement at school.
Primary School
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Incredibly informative, great balance of videos and text, lots of scenarios and examples to help the application of knowledge and a wide amount of websites and resources to use. This has been incredibly eye-opening and useful.
LP - Reedswood E-ACT Primary Academy


Alan Mackenzie specialises in online safety and has been working in schools nationally and abroad since 2007.

Working with children, staff, parents, governors, police, charities and much more he brings a wealth of clear, pragmatic experience and advice concerning the risks and opportunities in the areas where children are most likely to be: games, YouTube and social media.
He doesn’t just talk about these areas, he uses (and enjoys) them all and is therefore able to balance the risks and the opportunities.


The course is delivered online via my learning platform, The Online Academy and the cost is £95.00 plus VAT per person.

To purchase simply email Alan ( alan@esafety-adviser.com ). A quotation will be emailed to you in order to raise a purchase order. On receipt of the PO your login will be created and you can commence the course.


Managing Online Safety

This is the main part of the course for which you will receive your certificate. Total time 2 hours 30 minutes:

  • Introduction
  • Defining online safety
  • National picture
  • Risky behaviour
  • Content, contact, conduct
  • Gaming
  • YouTube
  • Social media
  • Safe or unsafe?
  • Online disinhibition
  • Cyber trauma
  • Reporting routes
  • Curriculum planning
  • Risk assessing
  • Parent engagement
  • Keeping up to date
  • Putting it all together

Risks and Issues

These are modules that may be of interest to update you or increase your knowledge. Total time 1 hour 50 minutes.

  • CSE/A
  • Online bullying
  • Sexting and sextortion
  • Digital self harm
  • Live streaming
  • Sadfishing
  • Deepfakes
  • Doxxing
  • Digital footprint
  • Gaming disorder
  • Skin gambling
  • Game transfer phenomenon
  • Persuasive design
  • Like farming
  • Images and hash technology
  • Decoy apps