Online Safety Mark (OSM) assessment, Stroud High School (SHS), Gloucestershire

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  Time to conduct another Online Safety Mark assessment, and in situ!  Today, I was off to Stroud High School (SHS) in Gloucestershire to meet the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team, teachers, administrative and technical staff, students, governors and parents/carers, to assess whether they had reached the benchmark standard in all 21 aspects of the 360 degree safe self-review tool …

Online Safety Mark Assessors Update Training Day (virtual and Newport, Wales)

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How time flies!  Two years on and it is time for me to be updated once again by the hugely knowledgeable and competent band at the UK Safer Internet Centre (UK SIC)/South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), namely Ron Richards, David Wright, Andrew Williams, Ken Corish and Carmel Glassbrook. Whilst some were gathered at the Lysaght Institute in Newport, Wales, several, …

UK Safer Internet Centre/SWGfL: Online Safety Live – England

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Well, it was time to gain all the very latest regarding online safety from the highly informed and confident team at the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) and SWGfL. Online Safety Live events are open to all who work with children and young people and aim to provide the latest information relating to research, legislation, technology, tools and resources, along …

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 …

SWGfL Cyber Secure Schools – Preventing Digital Crime

Prevent digital crime within your educational establishment by hearing from the leading experts in cyber security.

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SWGfL joined forces with Bitdefender and other leading experts from the field of online security to deliver a very insightful presentation this afternoon. The session highlighted the importance of protecting your school against some of the most common online attacks.  Currently, there are a range of serious threats, which are targeting schools and other education settings.  With so many attacks affecting …

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 …