Online Safety Mark assessment (Hardenhuish School, Chippenham, Wiltshire)

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Time for an Online Safety Mark assessment in situ … hooray!  Restrictions imposed by Covid-19 over the past couple of years have meant that any Online Safety Mark assessments that I have completed have been done so virtually.  However, it was great to be ‘back on the road’ again, meeting staff, governors, parents/carers and students and witnessing policy being put …

SWGfL: ‘Exploring media literacy – Powered by TikTok’

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SWGfL joined forces with TikTok, Ofcom and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for a free online event this afternoon.  This was exclusively for professionals working with children, with the intention of supporting and helping them to better understand media literacy. Media literacy refers to ‘the ability to use, understand and create media and communications in a variety of contexts’ …

UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) in partnership with SWGfL, Childnet and IWF: Online Safety Live

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Despite attending Online Safety Day 2021 in September, I decided to also sign up to one of the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC)’s (https://saferinternet.org.uk/) Online Safety Live events as they are always so enlightening and engaging.  You can never hear enough about staying safe online.  It is such a dynamic realm and really important to embrace every opportunity to stay up-to-date …

Online Safety Day 2021

A great means of obtaining the latest resources, tools and guidance to support you in keeping children and young people safe online for the new academic year.

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It was time, once again, for the annual South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) Online Safety Day.  I made sure that I earmarked the day on my calendar so that I could attend their afternoon event, which brought together eight guest speakers, all leading professionals in the field of online safety.  SWGfL’s aim was to collaborate with some of the most …

Online Safety Mark assessment goes virtual!

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Like many other things over the past year, Online Safety Mark assessing is now being done virtually.  This was my first remote assessment, and like several other assessors, I think that there is potential to continue offering virtual and face-to-face assessments once lockdown restrictions are lifted.  No very early starts or long-distance travel for me, which was certainly a bonus, …

Online Safety Mark Assessor Update Training

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Well, like many other things, the Online Safety Mark Assessor Update Training went virtual this year.  Not quite the same as all being in one room and chatting with individuals face-to-face, but still high-quality delivery and up-to-date information relayed from representatives based at SWGfL and the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC). The day began with a welcome, introductions and protocols …

SWGfL/UK Safer Internet Centre: Online Safety Day 2020

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It was great to be part of Online Safety Day 2020 and hear all about the latest news and developments regarding online safety. The day brought together leading professionals from SWGfL, Childnet International, Internet Matters and Facebook to share their own guidance for the new academic year. The afternoon began by focusing on the question, “What do educational professionals say …

Online Safety Live briefing (Lakefield C of E Primary School, Gloucestershire)

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How time flies!  It was, once again, the turn of those from SWGfL to give one of their Online Safety Live briefings in Gloucestershire (https://swgfl.org.uk/training/online-safety-live/).  Ian Williams, Head Teacher at Lakefield C of E Primary School in Frampton-on-Severn (https://www.lakefield.gloucs.sch.uk/gloucs/primary/lakefield), had kindly agreed to host the event, which was delivered by Andrew Williams and Steve Shepherd from SWGfL.  Whilst I know Andrew …

Online Safety Mark Assessors’ Update Training

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Rodney Parade Stadium, home to Newport Gwent Dragons, called this morning; for an Online Safety Mark Assessors’ Update Training session and not for anything rugby-related, I hasten to add! After helping ourselves to refreshments, we were welcomed by Ron Richards and introduced to a number of representatives from South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) (https://swgfl.org.uk/), namely David Wright, Andrew Williams, …