Online Safety & Harms

Duration 2 hours

Last audited 3rd July 2024

CPD Approved
Online Safety and Harms
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  • 100% online training

  • Start when you like

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

  • Instant assessment and result

  • 1 learner per course

  • Train teams of all sizes

  • Bulk discounts starting at 10% off 10 courses

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

£25 +VAT

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Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

Being online has become an important part of our daily lives, even for very young children - research has shown that 28% of 5–7-year-olds have their own mobile phone. For education professionals, this means that the safeguarding risks to the children and young people they work with have become even more widespread and complex than they were even a few years ago, and they are constantly evolving alongside technology. As a result, it is vital that all those who work with children receive regular, up-to-date training to protect children from online harms.

This Online Safety and Harms course is designed to support education professionals, teaching you everything you need to know about the potential online risks and harms children face, how to recognise signs that might indicate online harm or abuse, and how to effectively address online safety in school. The course includes a selection of PDFs that you can download and keep to refer back to.

This course is written in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education and includes the proposed changes in the 2024 version of the guidance. The final version of KCSIE 2024 will come into force on 1 September 2024.

100% online training

Access anywhere

Same day digital certificate

Printed certificate posted next working day

Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Developed by education professionals and a qualified child protection professional

Includes relevant changes in Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE) guidance

Accredited by CPD

Earn 2 CPD points on completion

What you'll learn

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the importance of online safety and the dangers that being online can pose.
  • Understand the impact that poor online safety can have on a child or young person, and the most common risks children can face online.
  • Be aware of some common vulnerabilities and risk factors associated with online harm.
  • Be familiar with signs which might indicate that a child is experiencing online harm or abuse.
  • Know your responsibilities within school in relation to online safety.
  • Know who to report concerns to, and when further action should be taken.
  • Be able to teach online safety and harms to children and young people.

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Module 1: Introduction to Online Safety

What is online safety?, the benefits and risks of our digital age, why is online safety important?, children and young people’s online habits, online safety and the law, privacy and data protection, new online safety laws, and what schools have to do.

Module 2: Online Risks and Harms: Content

Risk factors, vulnerabilities including gender and sexual identity, the four Cs of online risk, content risks including inappropriate or explicit content, social networking, gaming, further content risks, and the dark web.

Module 3: Online Risks and Harms: Contact, Conduct, and Commerce

Contact risks including online bullying, grooming, radicalisation, child sexual exploitation (CSE), child criminal exploitation (CCE): county lines, conduct risks, commerce risks, potential consequences of online harm, reporting online harm, and case studies.

Module 4: Your Responsibilities

Child protection policies, guidance on nudes and semi-nudes, online safety policies, supporting policies, the Prevent duty, headteacher responsibilities, Designated Safeguarding Lead responsibilities, school staff responsibilities, disclosures from a child, governing body responsibilities, further roles and responsibilities, your own online safety, and school-based scenarios.

Module 5: Teaching Online Safety and Harms

Government guidance, curriculum expectations, curriculum content – primary and secondary, delivery of online safety learning, planning for children with additional needs, online safety teaching resources, and engaging with parents.

The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

This course is suitable for anyone who works with children and young people. All professionals have a duty to keep children safe from harm and this includes online harm.

Examples of people who may wish to take this course include:

  • Teachers.
  • Teaching assistants and support staff.
  • Headteachers and Executive Headteachers.
  • Members of the school Senior Leadership Team.
  • School governors and trustees.

Written by experts

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In partnership with

Antonia Noble

Barrister and Safeguarding Specialist

Antonia Noble is a criminal barrister with over 29 years of experience. She is also a highly respected safeguarding specialist both in the UK and Internationally.

She has worked in the public sector at the Criminal Cases Review Commission and as a Cabinet Member at a large county council with responsibility for  services including safeguarding, and child protection including multi-agency working at the most senior level.

Antonia has a range of safeguarding and child protection experience including education at all levels. She is currently the Chair of SAND Multi Academies Trust.

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