From September 2016 organisations that are subject to Ofsted inspection will be required to meet new on line safety guidelines This means that during an inspection, Ofsted will assess how the school protects and educates staff and pupils in its use of technology, and what measures the school has in place to intervene and support should a particular issue arise.
The Oftsed Handbook and guidance have made the new expectations very clear. These include:-
- All staff should be aware and able to recognise online safety issues.
- High quality leadership and management should make online safety a priority.
- High priority should be given to training and continuation training for all staff and the wider school community.
- Appropriate numbers of staff should receive regular and up to date accredited training. All schools are expected to have at least one member of staff accredited, larger schools should have more.
This Foundation online safety course is specifically designed to enable professionals working with children to be confident in their knowledge of online safety threats, precautions and interventions.
The course highlights new and emerging threats and provides staff with up to date information in order for them to improve online safety.
Using real life experiences, current trends and practical exercises this course will include
• Current online safety developments and the growth of the Internet
• Social Networks, what they are, who uses them and why you need to be aware of them.
• The internet and Social media, how young people use this and their experiences
• Key facts, figures and latest trends on young people and social media
• New risks and hazards for young people and how to minimise these
• Safeguarding adherence and responding to online safety incidents
• European research findings, implications for children
• Recommended good practice for staff, professional conduct and digital literacy
• Extremism, radicalisation and the dark net
Current issues such as sexting, on line bullying, grooming, the latest generation of on-line games, self-harm promotion are all covered within these sessions.
Attendance on this course is a prerequisite to completing the certificated EPICT online safety course, recognised by Ofsted.
Costs of this course will be discounted against the certificated EPICT online safety course for those delegates wishing to complete at a higher level.