Online safety is an integral part of what schools need to be teaching in 2017. It encompasses a wide range of issues and affects staff, pupils, parents and the wider school community. As more and more schools embrace technology as a tool to support learning, it is important that staff and pupils alike understand how to use it safely and responsibly.
Research suggests that 57 per cent of young people think that their friends engage in risky behaviours online1, which demonstrates the need to address this in schools.
Participants will gain a better understanding of the current risks and challenges that young people face when they go online. They will discuss strategies for supporting young people and helping them to develop safe and responsible behaviours when they go online. A wide range of resources that can be used in schools will be provided, and participants will also be asked to share their own experiences, challenges and successes.
• To understand the challenges, risks and benefits for young people when using the internet and online technologies.
• To understand the importance of maintaining a positive online reputation and some strategies for managing this effectively.
• To raise awareness of, and signpost to, resources for teaching online safety in schools.
• To raise awareness of the Better Internet for Kids strategy and Insafe network, as part of the network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) in Europe, and associated resources.
The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal provides a wide range of support for teachers and other stakeholders when trying to tackle online safety issues and the MOOC will offer opportunities to discover some of the resources available in a wide range of languages from national Safer Internet Centres.
About the network of European Safer Internet Centres and the BIK portal
With funding provided by the European Commission's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the joint Insafe and INHOPE network of Safer Internet Centres collaborates to deliver a safer internet, promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to children, young people and their families, and working to identify and remove illegal content online, in line with the EC’s Better Internet for Kids Strategy. Visit the Better Internet for Kids portal for further information. For further information on CEF, visit the EC’s Digital Agenda for Europe website.
The online safety course is produced by Insafe (as part of the network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) in Europe).
|Course Introduction|| Start date |
|Module 1: An Introduction to Online Safety|| Start date |
|Module 2: Media Literacy|| Start date |
|Module 3: Cyberbullying|| Start date |
|Module 4: Online Relationships and Sexting|| Start date |
|Module 5: Hate Speech and Radicalisation|| Start date |
You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.