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In a society where technology and the online world are playing an increasingly big role in people’s lives, it becomes evident that schools also need to be up to speed with the latest online trends: both in terms of the opportunities they present and the challenges they pose. Education about online safety should surely begin at home, but it is by no means the sole responsibility of parents and caretakers: teachers should also be able to provide their pupils and students with all the necessary tools to face the online world in an empowered and responsible manner. It goes without saying that industry and other stakeholders (such as government and policymakers) also have a role to play.

When it comes to online issues and trends, ‘fake news’ has unfortunately taken centre stage in 2017 – for this very reason, one of the main objectives of this online course is to promote media literacy and stress the importance of critical thinking skills, with which all children and young people should be equipped from the very start. It is only through this means that they will be able to distinguish reliable sources of information from misinformation. With multiple initiatives being undertaken at national level to educate youngsters about the dangers of fake news (for example, Le Monde journalists in France and their British counterparts from the BBC in the UK have developed resources which can be used in schools), we believe schools and teachers can play a crucial role in building young people’s resilience to fake news.

Apart from providing teachers with tools to tackle fake news in the classroom and beyond, this course intends to offer teachers essential knowledge, tips and tools to handle a wide range of issues such as online abuse, cyberbullying, sextortion, establishing positive online relationships, the impact of technology on health and well-being and, above all, hate speech and radicalisation.

Overall, this new and updated edition of the online safety MOOC will enable participants to gain a better understanding of new and old risks and challenges that young people face when they go online. With the course moderators, they will discuss strategies for supporting young people and helping them to develop safe and responsible online and offline behaviours. 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.

Key Objectives

  • To understand the importance of providing a safer and better internet for children and young people
  • To explore the opportunities that the internet provides to access knowledge, communicate and develop skills and creativity
  • To learn about online safety challenges and how to support children and young people if they encounter difficulties - including practical tips on how to handle cyberbullying, fake news, sexting and online hate speech
  • To raise awareness of, and signpost to, resources for teaching online safety in schools
  • To raise awareness of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) 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 who try to tackle online safety issues. The MOOC will therefore offer opportunities to discover some of the numerous resources available in a wide range of languages from national Safer Internet Centres (SICs).

Join us now in the Online Safety Facebook group and share your ideas about the topic on Twitter using #OnlineSafetyMOOC

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 in Europe) and it is owned by the European Commission, as part of the Safer Internet Day 2018 campaign.


List of modules

Course Introduction Course Introduction Start date
06 Feb 12:00
End date
23 Mar 00:59
Module 1: An Introduction to Online Safety Module 1: An Introduction to Online Safety Start date
06 Feb 12:00
End date
23 Mar 00:59
Module 2: Media Literacy and Fake News Module 2: Media Literacy and Fake News Start date
13 Feb 12:30
End date
23 Mar 00:59
Module 3: Cyberbullying Module 3: Cyberbullying Start date
20 Feb 17:00
End date
23 Mar 00:59
Module 4: Online Relationships and Sexting Module 4: Online Relationships and Sexting Start date
27 Feb 13:00
End date
23 Mar 00:59
Module 5: Hate Speech and Radicalisation Module 5: Hate Speech and Radicalisation Start date
06 Mar 10:00
End date
23 Mar 00:59
To enrol in this course you first have to register as a user on the European Schoolnet Academy platform. To register, please click the button below.

Start date

6th February 2018


The course will run for 6,5 weeks, with a total of 5 modules (one module per week, and an extra 1,5 grace week at the end of the course). The estimated workload is 3 hours per week.

Target audience

The course is targeted at primary and secondary school teachers of any subject. ICT administrators and school counselors may also benefit from the course.


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.