Photograph of children jumping up in the air - online safety training for schools

Photograph of Alan Mackenzie - e-safety training support and advice to schoolsOver the years I have been very lucky to deliver online safety education and training to a very wide range of organisations. Predominantly schools and colleges but also including others such as charities, police, sports organisations, youth organisations, solicitors and partners, local government and many more.

On this page you will find a range of online safety training and education services for schools and colleges covering staff, students and parents. I also conduct online safety audits to give schools and colleges specific, tailored advice and recommendations.

If you are an organization other than a school or college please feel free to get in touch to see if I can help whether that is for a one-off project or a more strategic partnership.

Training Delivery and Costs

I am happy to deliver training to you in a variety of ways to fit your needs:

  • Face to face in school/college.
  • Pre-recorded videos.
  • Virtual webinars.

COSTS: With the exception of pre-recorded videos it isn’t possible to give accurate costs on this page due to a range of factors such as time in school, travel, whether I need a hotel etc. Generally I have a half-day and a full day cost plus expenses on top. If you are considering inviting me to your school just send me an email with brief requirements and I will be happy to provide you with a quotation.

Online Safety Training for Staff

Staff Inset/CPD

Online safety for staff can be delivered face-to-face, virtually or via pre-recorded video. The latter has become incredibly popular as it is cost-effective and flexible to the needs of staff who are already very busy. 

Regardless of the delivery, all staff sessions are presented in the same way. Lasting for just over an hour I cover the the main areas where we find children and young people (games, YouTube and social media) and within those areas I cover the motivations, risks and issues as well as plenty of examples and appropriate advice according to age.

Video recording specific – I re-record and update the staff videos every August and December to ensure they are right up to date in terms of risks, guidance and legislation.  Upon purchase you are granted a 12 month licence to watch the video as many times as you wish. It can be streamed in school, downloaded to the school network or you can send the link to staff to watch when it suits them. The cost for the pre-recorded video is £95.00 plus VAT per school. If you are a MAT or purchasing for multiple schools/sites please contact me for a discount.

Online Safety Leads

The online safety lead and/or designated safeguarding lead needs to have a greater breadth and depth of knowledge in relation to risks/issues, management of online safety, curriculum requirements, parental engagement and much more. 

  • Managing Online Safety – 16 modules covering everything from risks related to gaming, YouTube and social media, cyber trauma, curriculum, parent engagement and much more.
  • Risks and Issues – 16 modules covering a diverse range of topics from doxxing to deepfakes, decoy apps and a whole lot more.
  • Online – this course is held online at your own pace. You get 12 months access and a printed certificate through the post.
  • For full details of what is covered in the course see THIS page.
What’s the cost?

The cost per person is £95.00 (plus VAT). 

All videos are high quality 4K and can be streamed, downloaded to the school network or you can send the link to staff to view in their own time.

If you would like to check the quality and the way in which I speak, here is a sample from a staff training video.

Online Safety Education for Students

In school/Virtual

All online safety lessons with students are tailored to their age. I talk with them on a large range of different subjects, all tied to online safety and wellbeing. I don’t do ‘scary’, all my talks are informative, non-judgemental and give appropriate support and advice.

I speak with them about the spaces they are in, namely their games, YouTube and social media and there’s good reason for that. If you talk about these spaces in their language, using real examples, the positive impact is greater because they can apply what they are learning to their world.

It can sometimes be a challenge to engage students with online safety, particularly older students (“Oh no, the dreaded online safety talk”). A good tip is to ask them what they would like to know, e.g. what questions they have. I can answer their questions and within the answers I can diversify and inject specific safeguarding advice. It’s a win-win, the students get the advice they have asked for, the school delivers what needs to be delivered.

Pre-Recorded Videos

Specifically for secondary/college students, this is a series of 10 short video (8-11 minutes) on a diverse range of subjects which fit within the national curriculum. 

Recorded in August 2023 the videos are designed to be used:

  • To raise awareness of a subject during assembly.
  • To be used at the beginning of a lesson to promote discussion/debate.

All the videos follow the same format: what is it, what do we know, what can we do?

For full details of all the videos, including a full sample video, click HERE.

Online Safety for Parents

In school/Virtual

Similar to staff training, I can deliver both in-school and virtual webinar-type training for parents at any time of the day/evening.

The topics covered are the same for staff but the delivery, supporting advice and guidance is tailored from a parental perspective. The talks are age-appropriate although I will often delve into other age ranges as parents may have older/younger children.

I encourage parents to ask as many questions as time allows, both during and after the talk, if there is anything I can’t answer I will find out the answer and communicate this back to the school.

Pre-Recorded Videos

Getting parents into school, staff having to stay late. Engaging with parents has always been a challenge for many reasons, yet arguably parents are one of the most important factors when it comes to online safety. To help with this, I have created a range of videos for parents.

How does it work? On purchase you are granted a 12 month licence. You will be sent a MS Word document with the supporting text, links and video links for 7 emails which you can copy/paste into your own school email and send to parents at a frequency that suits you, e.g. weekly.

Cost: £149.00 plus VAT per school for a 12 month licence. If you are a MAT or wish to purchase for a number of sites send me an email for a discount.

Managing Online Safety

When you’re already busy in school wearing a multitude of different hats, it can be difficult knowing where your school sits in regards to best online safety practice.  

The 360Safe tool from South West Grid for Learning is a free self-assessment tool used by thousands of schools which covers all the different aspects of online safety in school.

This can take a lot of time to complete, but as an accredited 360Safe assessor I can help you with this by coming to your school and completing an audit in a half-day, then spending a further half-day filling out the 360 tool on your behalf and writing a report for you giving any areas of concern, priorities, and advice to move forward along with ongoing support.

I have carried out hundreds of audits, including on behalf of Multi-Academy Trusts in order that they can co-ordinate a standardised approach across all their schools.

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