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Online Safety – The biggest challenge facing schools?- March 15, 2017
15 Mar 2017 10:30 - 15 Mar 2017 15:30


Online Safety – The biggest challenge facing schools?


Date: Wednesday 15 March, 2017

Audience: This conference is open to any member of the school community, but is particularly aimed at senior staff and governors with a responsibility for ensuring that the school meets its obligations in relation to online safety/safeguarding. 

Why you should attend: The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Child sexual exploitation; radicalisation; sexual predation: technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. The latest version of Safeguarding legislation from the DfE (KCSIE dated September 2016) highlighted Online safety, including cyber bullying and sexting, as a key area which all staff but particularly members of the SMT/SLT should be focusing on. An effective approach to online safety empowers a school or college to protect and educate the whole school or college community in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene in and escalate any incident where appropriate.  

Topics Covered: 

The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk:

  • Illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
  • Harmful online interaction with other users
  • Online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm
  • Practical solutions and strategies.


Karl Hopwood, Consultant and Trainer, ESafety Ltd

Karl is an Esafety expert.  He is a member of UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) and sits on the advisory board for the UK Safer Internet Centre and also on CEOP’s education advisory board and Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council. Karl has worked for a number of key players in the UK and abroad including CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), BECTA (British Educational and Communications Technology Agency), the European Commission and several Local Authorities within the UK.  As an ex headteacher, he continues to work closely with children, young people, parents and teachers to develop safer online behaviours and the promotion of digital literacy. Karl works closely with the Boarding Schools’ Association and supports many of their schools.  He is also an in-house consultant for INSAFE which is the coordinating node of the European Commission’s Better Internet for Kids programme where he also coordinates the helpline network. 


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