National Online Safety are delighted to be supporting Learning at Work Week 2020, which takes place from 5th - 11th October 2020 on the theme 'Learning Journeys'.
So, what 'learning journey' do we take our members on?
It is our mission to empower school leaders, educators and parents with the knowledge they need to keep children safe whilst they are online. To achieve this, we've developed a huge suite of online courses, webinars and guides to help trusted adults navigate and respond to online dangers.
When we say huge, we mean HUGE. Possibly the most comprehensive resource in the world to help trusted adults to stay ahead of the game and be able to respond to online risks as they arise.
What do educators really NEED TO KNOW when it comes to keeping children safe online?
Well - firstly, you need a basic understanding of your statutory responsibilities and how you are expected, in your role within the school, to help protect your pupils online. That's where our award-winning video CPD courses come in, available to all members to access online:
- Online Safety Course for DSLs 2020/21
- Online Safety Course for SENDCOs 2020/21
- Online Safety Course for Teaching Staff 2020/21
- Online Safety Course for Non-Teaching Staff 2020/21
- Online Safety Course for Governors 2020/21
How are educators expected to KEEP UP-TO-DATE with evolving online risks?
The online world changes so quickly... Popular games, apps, platforms, devices are being updated before you've even had chance to understand what they are!
There's no excuse though... if you don't keep up, how can you keep them safe?
That's where our monthly update service comes in. Sort of like your online safety lead's best friend, it summarises the month's news and updates them with what they need to look out for in terms of new risks. To gain access to this fantastic service, get signed up here.
What's the BASIC LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING you need to be able to effectively safeguard children online?
There's nothing basic about the world of online safety. However, you need some pointers in the right direction here. We've helped you with a vast array of explainer videos and guides to understand what the online risk is, what to look out for and what to do if you feel your child is in danger.
All in 100+ simple bite-size videos and guides which are available to our members, covering:
1. Online Identity & Self Image
Including Online avatars, Digital personality, Lifestyle sites, Artificial intelligence (AI), Deepfakes, Digital manipulation, Identity theft, Online sexual content, Online reputation and Digital footprint.
2. Online Information
Including Search engines, Voice activated searching, Fake news, Targeted ads and pop-ups, in-app purchases, Image searching, Mis-information and dis-information, Online hoax, Social bots, Echo chamber, Propaganda, Gas-lighting, information operations, Vloggers and digital consent.
3. Online Copyright & Ownership
Including Streaming, Pirate sites, Torrent sites, Peer-to-peer sharing, Software and content licensing, Creative commons licensing, Plagiarism andCopyright law.
4. Online Relationships
Including Technology related communication, Online grooming, Online radicalisation, Sexting, Sexual harassment and stalking, Location apps, Crowdsourcing, Whistle-blowing and Catfishing.
5. Online Mental Health & Wellbeing
Including Wellness apps, Fitness trackers, Social pressures, Terms and conditions, Screen addiction, Sadfishing and Persuasive design.
6. Online Gaming and Online Gambling
Including Online gambling apps, Loot boxes & skin betting, Online gaming consoles, Gaming genres, Gaming disorder, Gaming streamers/influencers, Age-ratings.
7. Online Bullying
Including Trolling & online abuse, Online banter, Online forums, Screen grabs, Online racism and Online hate crime
8. Online Privacy and Security
Including location settings, password managers, phishing, Malware (viruses, trojans, ransomware), Cookies and adware, Web browsers, Private web browser (incognito), Webcams, Remote access & remote data deletion, Hacking, VPNs, The cloud, TOR browser, The dark/deep web, Closed peer sharing and Hidden apps.
9. Social Media and Live Streaming
Including Friends and followers, Social media influencers, Likes and reactions, Tagging and sharing, Social media apps/sites, Filters and photo enhancing apps, Online messaging apps/sites, Online challenges, Video streaming apps/sites, Live streaming apps/sites and Music streaming apps/sites.
Comprehensive, huh? Well it doesn't stop there, as you also need to understand and keep on top of social media platforms they are using, the games they are playing and the devices they are using.
We have over 200 beautifully designed guides which have been developed by experts, available to access via our learning hub. In fact, we launch a new one every week and update them all the time - just to go the extra mile in supporting you to keep your pupils safe online.
Our guides cover:
Apps and Platforms
For example TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Triller, YouTube, Omegle and WhatsApp.
For example Fortnite, Call of Duty, Minecraft, Roblox, GTA and Overwatch.
Technology and Devices
For example Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and Amazon Alexa.
You can view all of our guides here