Well, Monday afternoon saw me back at Lakefield C of E Primary School in Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire (https://www.lakefield.gloucs.sch.uk/gloucs/primary/lakefield), this time for a Online Safety Live event (https://swgfl.org.uk/training-events/online-safety-live/) delivered by representatives from SWGfL and not to conduct a grueling Online Safety Mark assessment! Following on from the latter than I carried out last July, it was agreed that one ‘area for development’ would be to engage further with the local community, parents/carers, other schools, etc. I approached SWGfL on the school’s behalf to see if they might be a candidate to host the next Online Safety Live event in Gloucestershire and their offer was willingly accepted. After advertising the event via SWGfL and DGAT’s (http://dgat.org.uk/) websites and contacts that I have in schools locally, it was very encouraging to have over 60 educational professionals from an array of establishments on board for this afternoon’s event.
Another warm welcome awaited me, as well as an array of refreshments. It also proved to be an opportunity to mingle and catch up with a number of Head Teachers, Deputy Head Teachers, Safeguarding and Computing Subject Leads whom I have met at various events in the past.
The briefing, which provided detail about the latest issues, biggest trends and best resources, was adeptly given by Andrew Williams and Boris Radanovic. Within the space of two hours, such events aim to cover a broad range of online safety topics, a briefing session in its truest sense. At the end, all delegates receive access to an online resource area, which contains links to materials that have been mentioned, signposting to sources of help and support, as well as a live copy of the presentation itself. This makes it very easy for attendees to later disseminate such vital information to colleagues at their establishments.
Andrew also mentioned about SELMA, a new project aiming to tackle the problem of online hate speech by promoting mutual awareness, tolerance and respect. It builds upon the Social and Emotional Learning approach to empower young people to become agents of change. I look forward to learning more about this exciting and evolving project at the next Online Safety Assessors’ Update Training in Newport in early March.
Feedback from participants at the end of the afternoon was extremely positive. Do go along to the next Online Safety Live event in your area … they are hugely informative, engaging, thought-provoking and provide a great means of networking too.