At National Online Safety, we partner with leading industry experts who are specialists in their field to ensure that you’re always receiving the latest information and expertise relevant to children’s safety online.
From award-winning online safety consultants to widely respected I.T. and cybersecurity journalists, our pool of experts bring a wealth of knowledge and credible industry insight so that you only receive the most accurate and up to date information.
We’ve recently welcomed a number of new experts to National Online Safety over the last few months. Below you can read a little more about them and why we’ve brought them on board.
Adrienne Katz – Award-winning cyberbullying expert with extensive experience in onlinesafety training for schools
Adrienne has worked with local authorities, agencies, schools and care settings to deliver training and education around online safety. She has previously worked for the Anti-Bullying Alliance and led on developing a new statutory suite of Anti-Bullying guidance for the Government of Wales. She has also led projects funded by Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Home Office and The Princess Diana Memorial Fund.
Furthermore, she has written three books on online safety for educators and undertaken commissioned reports and evaluations.
Amelia Jenkinson – CEO and co-founder of award-winning RSE organisation, Sexplain
In addition to being the CEO and co-founder of Sexplain, who are an award-winning RSE organisation, Amelia has previously worked in social enterprise and education and has had her work featured in The Guardian and Boots Health and Beauty Magazine.
She is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and works closely with leading academics in teen digital cultures, including Professor Jessica Ringrose (UCL IOE).
Barry Collins – Experienced IT journalist and technology expert who has written for various major UK publications
With more than 20 years’ experience in IT journalism, Barry has written for a vast array of national newspapers and magazines, some of which include The Sunday Times, Mail Online, Which?, Web User and ComputerActive.
As a technology pundit, he’s also made frequent television and radio appearances and featured on BBC Newsnight, ITN News at Ten, The Chris Evans Show and many others over the years. He too is the co-founder of www.bigtechquestion.com, a website designed to answer people’s everyday technology queries in plain English.
Heather Cardwell – Senior leader and practising Online Safety Lead with extensiveexperience of implementing successful online safety policy in schools
A practising Online Safety Lead, Phase 5 Leader, experienced teacher and soon to be Acting Assistant Headteacher (September 2020), Heather has successfully developed and subsequently implemented online safety practice in schools.
Prior to becoming an Online Safety lead, she garnered 10 years of experience as a Computing Lead and has taught students in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 across Years 2,4,5 and 6, while also leading the evolution of her own Online Safety Team at her school.
Jonathan Taylor – Online safety, social media and anti-grooming expert
Previously working as a Covert Internet Investigator within the Metropolitan Police Child Abuse Investigation Command Team for over 10 years, Jonathan brings a wealth of online safety, social media and online grooming knowledge and expertise.
He has worked extensively with both UK and international schools in delivering training and guidance around the latest online dangers, apps and platforms and has been pivotal in helping schools to develop robust online safety policies.
Parven Kaur – Social media expert and digital media consultant with extensive experience of working to improve digital literacy for parents and children
Parven, as well as being the founder Kids N Clicks; a web resource that helps parents and children thrive in a digital world, is an author, speaker, social media expert and digital media consultant who has a passion for improving digital literacy for both parents and children.
She has a breadth of knowledge in the social media sector and has also been a consultant for various charitable organisations across Scotland. Her work in social media saw her recognised as a ‘Digital Pioneer’ by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.
Is your school receiving information and guidance from this level of expertise?