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Online safety issues - March 06, 2018
06 Mar 2018 10:30 - 06 Mar 2018 15:30


Online safety issues 


Date: March 06, 2018 


Why you should attend? The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Child sexual exploitation, radicalisation and 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 cyberbullying 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.  

Online safety is very much front and centre in almost everything that is coming out of the government at the moment – the Internet Safety Strategy which was published as a consultation document in October – was also clear about the role that schools have to play in empowering children and young people to stay safe online. Some of the latest research highlights the need for better online safety education and the importance of schools creating an environment where pupils feel able to talk about the challenges that they face online – e.g. 31% of girls and 11% of boys (13-17 years old in the UK) have received unwanted sexual messages in the last year. Unfortunately 37% wouldn’t trust anyone enough to tell them and 40% would worry that adults wouldn’t understand. This comes from the deShame research (December 2017)



10 – 10:30   Tea/Coffee on arrival

10:30           Welcome and Introduction

10:35           Update on latest trends and developments in online safety

This session will provide an update on the latest research and the challenges affecting children and young people (and those who work with them). Including: sexting, live-streaming, sexual harassment, mental health and wellbeing and much more

11:30           Tea/Coffee

11:45           Internet Safety Strategy and UKCCIS Framework – Education for a connected world – a framework to equip children and young people for digital life

This new framework will be released by DCMS and DfE on Safer Internet Day – it looks at the skills and competences that children and young people should have by different ages and stages in order to be able to stay safe online and be competent in dealing with life in a digital world. The ISS was released in October 2017 and will shape the way that we address online safety moving forward – there are implications for all stakeholder including schools.

12:45           Lunch

13:30           How to ensure compliance

What do schools need to do in order to be compliant around online safety issues. A brief overview of the latest developments from government and how schools can effectively ensure that they are addressing them in a meaningful way that will keep children and young people safe. 

14:30           Tea/Coffee

14:45           Case studies – Q and A

An opportunity to discuss some recent case studies – participants should feel free to bring any of their own case studies to share, but others will be available. 

15:30           Close


Speaker: Karl Hopwood

Karl Hopwood is an independent online safety expert. He is a member of UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) and sits on the UKCCIS evidence group and the UKCCIS better education group as well as on the advisory board for the UK Safer Internet Centre and the education advisory board for CEOP. He also sits on Twitter’s trust and safety council where he represents the Insafe network. 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, the UN and several Local Authorities within the UK and in Europe. As an ex primary headteacher, he continues to work closely in schools across Europe with children, young people, parents and teachers to develop safer online behaviours and the promotion of digital literacy. Karl has been employed for the last 11 years as an in-house consultant for INSAFE which is the coordinating node of the EU Better Internet for Kids programme where he is responsible for the coordination of safer internet helplines across Europe. Karl is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Marie Collins Foundation, a charity which supports young people who have been sexually abused and exploited online and is also a trustee of Childnet International.


Venue: Broadway House, Tothill Street, Westminster, SW1H 9NQ 


Member £200

Non-member £250 


Broadway House, Broadway House, Tothill Street, Westminster , SW1H 9NQ, United Kingdom