The digital space was not designed with young people in mind - and the task of keeping children safe in this online world can be very daunting. At Natterhub, we know that there are behavioural habits and knowledge that can help lead children towards safer internet use. We also know that dialogue and guidance from a ‘trusted adult’ can positively impact a child’s online journey. The combination of all these positive reinforcements will lay the foundations for a child’s safe and savvy online citizenship. However, to make this possible, it is crucial that people like you - child educators and protectors - have a clear understanding of the internet’s possible risks that may be encountered by young people.
This course will help you to better understand your roles and responsibilities in relation to online safety. It's suitable for a wide range of staff in educational settings and will inform all those working in a school setting from early years through to the end of primary education.
Documentation and statutory guidance covered in this course:
- ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) statutory guidance
- The ‘Relationships, Sex and Health Education’ (RSHE) statutory guidance
- ‘Practising Online Safety in Schools’ guidance
- UKCIS ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework
- ‘Sharing Nudes and Sending Nudes: Advice for Education Settings Working with Children and Young People’
- Harmful Online Challenges and Online Hoaxes
- The Ofsted Education Inspection Framework
- To define the difference between online safety and media literacy, and understand the importance of creating a balanced curriculum to develop digital skills.
- To recognise the risks children face online and how online safety education can be implemented in primary schools to minimise vulnerability.
- To understand the key documentation and statutory guidance related to online safety in schools, and how to keep children safe online.
- To learn important procedures and processes related to reporting online issues.
- To understand the impact of a whole-school approach to keeping children safe online.
- To recognise the responsibilities of trusted adults in keeping children safe online, including the school’s use of social media.
The course has been broken down into eight units. You can conveniently choose whether to complete it in one session, or to break it into shorter sessions at times that suit you.
At the end of each unit, you will be asked to complete quiz questions. To proceed through the course, you will need to answer every question correctly.
At the end of the course, you will receive a Natterhub CPD certificate for your records.
Unit 1 will provide an introduction into what online safety and media literacy are, and how they differ. We will also explain why it's important to provide learners with a broad understanding of the current digital landscape.
Unit 2 will cover all the key pieces of required legislation and statutory policy surrounding online safety and media literacy in schools.
Unit 3 will explore the ‘whole-school approach’ towards online safety, and details individual roles and responsibilities.
In Unit 4, we'll reflect on a range of harms and risks that children may encounter online, more specifically in relation to communicating digitally.
Unit 5 will help you to understand the different types of online harms and risks for children, specifically those involving their online information. We will explain how you can support pupils in controlling what details others can see online.
In Unit 6, we will discuss how technology, social media, and other online habits may be negatively affecting children's mental health and well-being.
In Unit 7, we will cover the main legislation around online safeguarding support for children with SEND and those considered vulnerable learners.
Finally, in Unit 8, we will explore how to ensure your school’s social media account is managed appropriately and safely.