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.
Free Staff CPD
Our free CPD 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.
Discover the opinions of those who have recently completed the OSA Certificate of Online Safety. What have they learned? Did they enjoy completing the Certificate? Click the icon for some recent testimonials.
Registering the pupils in your school to undertake the OSA Certificate in Online Safety is quick and easy. Click the icon above to get started.
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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.
Having a detailed and accurate picture of the online habits of the children in your school is an important step in ensuring you are providing the advice and support that they need. Our ‘Digital Lifestyles Surveys’, tailored to different age groups, can provide you with a detailed report for your Leadership team and governing body. Order a report for your school today.
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It has been an exciting summer of developments ahead of the new school year. We have a wide range of new features and content that we are delighted to be sharing with you. A few highlights are detailed below. Enhanced interactivity The majority of content in the new OSA Certificates has been created as interactive Read more about OSA Certificate – updates for 2019-2020[…]
Summary: It is a statutory requirement that schools provide safeguarding training to their staff once a year as a minimum. The DFE clarified guidance on the expectations of online safety education in schools in June 2019. Schools can work towards meeting these expectations with the OSA’s free online safety training for staff. The course provides tangible Read more about Online Safety: Free CPD training for school staff[…]
This week has seen an incident of anti-social behaviour which occurred in June making national headlines. A video shows a large group of boys riding bikes through an Asda store in Brighton, pulling wheelies, intimidating customers and even physically assaulting one gentleman. Products are knocked to the floor and the boys appear to take items Read more about Is social media fuelling anti-social behaviour?[…]
Online grooming is an essential topic for all parents, carers and individuals working with young people to understand. Our image (shown above) raises just a few of the recent headlines relating to online grooming. Question One: Correct Answer: 5,000 According to data obtained by the NSPCC, the police recorded 5,161 crimes of ‘sexual communication with a Read more about Grooming Quiz Answers[…]
Video series – online safety for parents in 90 seconds. Update knowledge on bullying, grooming, sexting and more.
Safer Internet Day 2019 is taking place on Tuesday 5th February. Are you ready to raise the profile of online safety right across your school community? Schools are increasingly finding that there can be something of a disconnect between what pupils know they should do and what they actually do when it comes to the Read more about Resources for Safer Internet Day 2019[…]
WhatsApp has generally been seen as a safer social media option for children. However, schools are increasingly reporting that the platform is a source of problems, particularly with younger children. This page aims to provide parents and carers with sufficient information to ensure they are aware of the risks that come with the app, and Read more about WhatsApp – should parents be concerned?[…]
The free OSA CPD course for school staff is rapidly growing in popularity. A powerful safeguarding tool for ensuring all staff in your school community are aware of the online risks to children, how to help children stay safe, statutory requirements for staff, and staff responsibilities in their own use of social media. Details of Read more about Review of staff online safety CPD[…]
The debate as to whether children should be allowed to bring phones into school has raged for quite some time, with the French government notably taking a firm step of banning phones in primary, junior and middle schools from September. A number of other countries around the world are deciding whether to follow France’s lead. Read more about Culture Secretary seeks school phone ban[…]
It is a statutory requirement that schools provide safeguarding training to their staff once a year as a minimum. The importance of current online safety issues being addressed within such training is more important than ever. The OSA Certificate of Online Safety (Staff CPD) has been developed to help you to address this requirement. Free to Read more about Free online safety CPD for teachers and school staff[…]