Online Safety Weekly Update 6th Jan 2019

With the Xmas break very little seemed to happen in the world of online safety so I’m keeping this update short and sweet. The next edition of my DITTO magazine will be out in just over a week’s time so I’ll share further updates in that.

Reporting Harmful Content
The UK Safer Internet has created a brand new reporting portal. Many of us know how difficult and frustrating it can sometimes be if you need to report anything, but there is help available. The service has been designed to:


This service has been designed to;

  • Provide information on community standards
  • Give advice on how to report problems
  • Mediate where appropriate or explain why content hasn’t been removed
  • Provide assistance in removing harmful content from platforms.


See HERE for further information. I would recommend taking a look at the ‘Advice’ page to see what cannot be reported where you can find advice on what to do.

Password Research
It’s always interesting to read the latest research regarding the most-used passwords, and the beginning of term is very timely to remind staff (and students) about the importance of good password security. Unsurprisingly, we’re seeing the same old passwords time and again, here’s the first 3 to give you and idea and I’ll share more information in the DITTO magazine, including advice:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 123456789

See HERE for more.

FREE Resource – Online Safety Group
I created this resource a couple of years ago but it needed a little refresh. An online safety group can be one of your best strategies in school from a technical, curriculum, leadership and parent engagement perspective, and it doesn’t need to take up a lot of time or effort. In fact, it can help you greatly by devolving certain responsibilities to others. To download the free resource click HERE.