ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING

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

I am very lucky to have delivered online safety training to thousands of schools, businesses, charities and other organizations over the years. Whether it’s speaking to children, young people, governors, parents etc. I have built up a huge amount of knowledge and experience. 

Photograph of Alan Mackenzie - e-safety training support and advice to schoolsI’m not an expert, I’m a specialist, and there’s an important distinction. Online safety has become such a huge and continually evolving area over the years it’s impossible for any person to be an expert, which is why I was one of the founding members of AACOSS (The Association of Adult and Child Online Safety Specialists). Between us we have well over 100 years of online safety experience in different areas, e.g. police, trauma, safeguarding, CSA/CSE and much more. We frequently get together to up-skill each other, collaborate on new areas of concern or common issues we are finding ensuring that we are all right up to date so that I can deliver the best possible online safety training to you.

Reducing Costs

Costs for online safety training are an obvious concern. As a consultant my costs are simply based on time plus a small travel cost (where applicable). A common question I’m asked is, “We would like to invite a local school to the staff online safety training session, do you charge more?” The answer is no, I just talk louder.

You could consider cluster training for a number of schools at a single location, for example a parents evening or staff inset/twilight. You could also consider fitting a number of sessions into a single day, for example a staff session followed by a parents evening.

For further details about the online safety training I deliver in school or virtually please see below. If you have a question about costs or online safety training in general please contact me, my details are at the bottom of this page.

Online Safety Training in School

Students

All online safety lessons with students are tailored to their age. I talk with them on a variety of subject areas, all tied to the online safety and wellbeing curriculum. I don’t do ‘scary’, all my lessons are designed to be informative, engaging and non-judgemental. 

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 hearing to their world.

Staff

As with students, online safety training for staff is tailored to the age of the students in your school.  The talks, which are for everyone, not just teaching staff, are upbeat and informative, giving the most up to date information regarding the online activities of children and young people and the risks and issues within those spaces. 

A staff online safety training talk is ideal for a twilight session and I can give a good, in-depth talk in just over an hour. Equally, if you want to get deeper into particular subject areas I’m happy to extend this.

Governors and Senior Leaders

Annual research carried out by SWGfL shows that historically, the weakest aspect of online safety in school is consistently governor training.A talk with governors/trustees and senior leaders follows a similar format to a staff training session. 

I don’t go into as much detail regarding activities, risks and issues (although I can if you wish), but in this session there is more concentration on the governance and senior leadership aspects, such as roles and responsibilities of the school, curriculum, Ofsted etc.

Parents

Parental engagement can be frustrating at the best of times, none more so than when it comes to online safety training. I’ve tried every trick in the book to help schools get more parents in, sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but you will know as well as I do that parents, particularly for younger children, are the most important aspect of online safety. 

If you are considering hosting a parent online safety training event and inviting me in to talk to parents drop me an email and I will give you some pointers that may help.

Online Safety Pro

Time, money, what do you keep up to date with, where is that advice coming from, is it based on good research and experience, how do you engage parents and what with? What are the latest risks and issues and how do we tackle these in the curriculum? 

This is what Online Safety Pro is all about; a 1-day intensive course off-site, plus virtual online safety training for all your staff and governors for one small cost. 

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HERE for further information

Managing Online Safety

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

The 360Safe tool is a free self-assessment tool used by thousands of schools which covers 28 different aspects of online safety in school. This can take a lot of time, 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 writing a report for you to prioritise and give advice to move forward, along with ongoing support.

Online Safety Training Videos

In-school online safety training isn’t always ideal for a variety of reasons, time is usually the biggest factor, which is why I also offer virtual training with pre-recorded videos for staff and governors (not students). Online Safety Plus is a package of 3 modules: online safety risks, online safety for all staff, and online safety for governors. Each module is split into smaller bite-size modules so that it doesn’t have to all be completed in one go. 

When you purchase you get a licence for 12 months, meaning that new members of staff can also be trained. All members of staff get their own account, although many schools choose to deliver the videos over a series of staff meetings so that they can discuss the content together. The cost isn’t based on the number of staff, it is a small single cost per school site (e.g. if you’re an academy trust the cost would be based on the number of schools).

The videos are hosted on a different site due to the server requirements. For more details see HERE.

Contact Details

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  • (this number forwards to my mobile if I am out of the office).

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