Last Tuesday afternoon, I returned to The Catholic School of Saint Gregory the Great in Cheltenham, and what a warm welcome I received too! It was lovely to catch up with staff and hear how the new academic year was progressing. This time, I was here in a slightly different capacity; to attend an Online Safety Briefing that they were hosting, rather than undertaking a gruelling Online Safety Mark Assessment. There was a very good turnout; staff from The Catholic School of Saint Gregory the Great, as well as professionals from nearby early years settings and primary and secondary schools, a representative from the Police and a freelance consultant.
David Wright and Andrew Williams were our presenters for the afternoon, and what a fine job they did, as always. The briefing was insightful and thought-provoking. The session was divided into five main parts; changes, research, regulations, resources and services. Whilst much of this was not new to me as I had recently completed my Online Safety Mark Accredited Assessor’s Update Training, it certainly does no harm to be ‘refreshed’. Technology changes so rapidly that it is almost impossible to keep abreast with such developments. To break up the sometimes quite ‘dry’, but essential content, David and Andrew are fantastic at ‘dropping in’ short anecdotes to keep the audience engaged. Both clearly have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of online safety and a wealth of experience to draw upon. In addition, Andrew’s background as a former member of SLT in a primary school is a real asset; he is able to show great empathy and appreciates the increasing difficulties facing teachers today. Furthermore, as a parent of primary-aged children, he is able to share some of the daily challenges and dilemmas that he faces. They also showed two, cracking movie clips (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWa8-43kE-Q and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAG39jKi0lI); do view them, alongside adult family members and work colleagues, perhaps?
A copy of the Prezi and links to accompanying resources can be found by accessing the following website:
Should you wish to host a similar event for your school and other establishments within your area, then please do get in touch and I will forward your details to the relevant bodies at SWGfL/UK Safer Internet Centre. It really is vital that we raise awareness and reach out to as many people as we can.