Online Safety for School Staff: Change Log for 2023-24

Our popular CPD online safety course for school staff has been thoroughly updated for the 2023-24 academic year. Please see below for the change log of the updates and additions made.

Module 1: 

  • Updated to reference KCSIE 2023 throughout
  • Removed summary slide on filtering and monitoring as covered in more detail in the presentation to reflect the focus on this topic in the updated KCSIE.
  • 13 slides added to cover focus on filtering and monitoring in KCSIE 2023, providing reference to KCSE and DfE information and reflective scenarios.
  • Questions added to end of module assessment to cover filtering and monitoring. 
  • Slide adapted to reflect updated DFE guidance on teaching online safety. Updated flashcard relating to recognising manipulation and persuasion techniques. Added flashcard relating to the protection of personal data.
  • Removed obsolete reference to the delayed introduction of compulsory introductory of RSE teaching due to COVID disruptions.

Module 2:

  • Updated link to Everyone’s Invited school listings (list updated in May 2022).
  • New slide added with information about the NSPCC’s helpline ‘Report Abuse in Education’
  • Removed reference to SWGfL’s Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service which was closed down in 2022.

Module 3:

  • Updated statistics on usage of different social media platforms throughout module based on latest OSA research.
  • Updated reference to NSPCC statistics on grooming which indicate Snapchat has overtaken Instagram as the platform used in the most grooming cases.
  • Slide added to Instagram section covering the coroner’s report into the death of Molly Russell and issues around social media algorithms pushing inappropriate content.
  • Information on Instagram parental controls updated to reflect new features launched in June 2023.
  • Updated information and hyperlinks on the links between Snapchat and county lines gangs.
  • Updated information on default privacy settings on TikTok.
  • Slide added on reports linking TikTok to the sharing of misogynistic content.
  • Slide added covering the school-based TikTok protests in early 2023.
  • Updated slide on misogyny and incel to cover government guidance relating to Andrew Tate.
  • Updated all IWF statistics and analysis to use the most recent IWF report (2022).
  • Updated all grooming case studies to ones from the past 12 months.
  • Added case study of right-wing online radicalisation of a child.
  • Updated knife crime statistics from ONS.
  • Removed reference to gambling on Twitch streams due to Twitch gambling ban which came into force in October 2022.

Module 4:

  • Updated to reflect change of KCSIE section number which relates to cyber-security.
  • Updated external link relating to scale of data breaches in the UK education sector.
  • New slide referring to the NSPCC’s helpling ‘Report Abuse in Education’

Module 5:

  • Updated all case studies of cyberattacks on schools to case studies from the past 12 months.
  • Two new TRA case studies on inappropriate use of school equipment by staff.
  • New TRA case studies on interacting with pupils through social media.
  • Added new case study on historic tweets resulting in loss of jobs in education.
  • Added mention to expanded reference to online checks of candidates being made in KCSIE 2023 (paragraph 221).
  • Updated to a new TRA case study on communications with former pupils.
  • Updated to a new TRA case study relating to making offensive comments to colleagues through technology.