Certificate of online safety
An introduction to the importance of the OSA Certificate of Online Safety, content covered and method of delivery. Click the icon above to begin.
Our CPD-Certified course for school staff covers online risks to pupils, staff use of digital devices, statutory requirements and more. Click the icon above to learn more. Free and premium versions available.
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The digital tools that our children use are constantly changing, as are the risks that arise as a result. It is essential that schools develop a detailed awareness of what the dangers our children are exposed to are, and the risks of each.
Underlying all changes is the movement of control away from schools and parents towards children, with the majority of children now having access to the Internet through data plans on their mobile phones reducing the impact of Internet filtering in schools and almost all children having unsupervised access to an Internet-enabled device in their bedroom at night.
One of the most concerning elements we are being faced today is the apparent normalisation and acceptance of behaviours that children should not be having to experience, let along tolerate. It is essential that schools work with young people and their families to combat this culture.
Safeguard your pupils against online risks today.
In October 2022, the DfE updated their guidance ‘Meeting digital and technology standards in schools and colleges’. This guidance states that: Basic cyber security knowledge amongst staff and governors is vital in promoting a more risk-aware school culture. Staff with access to your IT network must take basic cyber security training every year. At least Read more about Cyber security for school leaders – CPD accredited course[…]
The OSA has been busy updating the new courses for the 2022-23 academic year. A key development you will notice is increased accessibility, with audio output enabling users to have content read aloud for them throughout our courses for the first time. We have a new course for this academic year – ‘Cyber Security for Read more about Course updates, 2022-23[…]
How can schools meet KCSIE’s 4 C’s of online safety (content, contact, conduct and commerce) using the OSA’s Certificate of Online Safety?
Around fifteen thousand school staff have fully completed the OSA’s CPD-accredited course ‘Online Safety for school staff’ over the past two years. We are pleased to announce that the latest version of the course for the academic year 2021-22 has now been launched. For details on accessing this popular course please visit https://www.onlinesafetyalliance.org/cpd-2020/ Course structure: Read more about Updates to ‘Online Safety for school staff’ (CPD-accredited course), 2021-22[…]
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The Guardian are today reporting on the unfortunate experience of a number of teachers and school leaders who are experiencing online abuse and even death threats. It states that staff sharing attempts to diversify the curriculum and staff seeking to encourage a more inclusive school ethos are becoming the target for abuse from right-wing groups Read more about Online mobs making death threats to teachers[…]
Much of the training schools have done regarding topics like sexting and youth-produced sexual imagery has focused on discouraging children from actively sharing such content. However, recent news has highlighted that people do not need to actively shared images and videos for them to become publicly available. Numerous news outlets are currently reporting on the Read more about Cloud storage hackers posting personal videos[…]
Ofsted are reporting on the extremely concerning normalisation of sexting and sexual harassment in schools. The survey found that 90% of girls experienced sexist name-calling or were sent explicit photos or videos. It also found that some girls were contacted by multiple boys each night requesting nudes. It indicates that advice schools have traditionally given Read more about Ofsted reports on seeming normalisation of sexting[…]
It has come to our attention that users completing courses on iOS devices (iPad / iPhone) are encountering difficulties with viewing interactive video tasks in our new courses. An extensive investigation has discovered that this is an ongoing issue H5P (the tool for developing the HTML5 interactive content) are encountering with iOS and despite many Read more about Interactive video issue, 2020-21 courses[…]
As ever, we have been busy over the summer ensuring our courses are as accurate and up to date as possible. Throughout the year we ensure we are aware of all online safety issues and news, and of developments to the Statutory frameworks within which schools work. The information collated is used to adapt and Read more about OSA course updates for 2020-21[…]