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-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.
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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.
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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[…]
The OSA online safety CPD training for school staff is an accredited course ensuring those working with children have an up to date knowledge of the statutory requirements they must meet, the threats to children online, how to reduce these risks, and guidance on ensuring staff use of digital technology is safe and responsible. Thank Read more about Accredited CPD – school package[…]
Free accredited online safety CPD training for school staff.
Given the recent DfE guidance on online safety teaching, Safer Internet Day will this year be more important than ever. Taking place on Tuesday, 20th February 2020, make the even as effective as possible with resources from the Online Safety Alliance. Many of these popular, high-quality resources can be accessed and downloaded for free. Resources Read more about Free resources for Safer Internet Day 2020[…]
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[…]