Online Safety & Harms

Online Safety and Harms
£25 +VAT

Being online has become an important part of our daily lives, even for very young children - research has shown that 57% of 5-7 year olds have their own tablet. 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 was updated on 05/11/2021 to include relevant changes in Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE) 2021 guidance.

  • Developed by education professionals and a qualified child protection professional
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 1-2 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take this course?

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.


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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If you wish to try this course then register for a demo by clicking the 'interactive demo' button. You will be given the option to purchase and continue with your course at the end of your demo!

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Course content

1Introduction 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.

2Online 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.

3Online 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.

4Your 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.

5Teaching 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.

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Aims of the course

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.


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.

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