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Online safety is not a new concern – The roots of online safety.

Online safety

“As adults, we instinctively know how to protect our children offline, we often assume that their greater technological expertise will ensure they can look after themselves online, but knowledge is not the same as wisdom.” Tanya Byron, 2008 The issues surrounding online safety were given notable recognition in 2008 by Professor Tanya Byron in her…

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Do I need safeguarding training to work in a school?

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Safeguarding training teaches you to protect the welfare of children and vulnerable people, so it’s incredibly important to have an up to date safeguarding certificate if you work in a school. But is training the only factor you need to consider when it comes to effective safeguarding in a school? What is safeguarding training? Safeguarding…

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Gaming and behaviour changes – Is there a conclusive link?

Online Gaming

In 2014, a three-year study using 3,000 children aged between 8 and 17 found that violent games and gameplay can induce lasting changes in how a child views violence and can influence their aggressive behaviour. This study appears to propose that violent games can affect a child’s view of violence, and this raises real concerns about…

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Video Content – Film, TV, Video and Online Streaming and copyright

Child Watching TV

One of the interesting things about the debate surrounding the suitability of online content for children is how much it mirrors concerns raised about many other forms of media. From comic books to video nasties, it seems there has always been a concern over the content of media in whatever form. Generally, the control points…

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Are you listening? Smart speakers, smart tech and the internet of things

Smart Devices

When we are creating or updating a course such as our e-safety training, we sometimes need to consider how important a particular issue is in relation to the overall subject area. One such area is the growing trend for smart technology. You may have heard of the ‘Internet of things’ which is the general term…

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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019: Update

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It’s essential for all staff who work in a school or education environment to have read Keeping Children Safe in Education. The 2019 update to this statutory government guidance includes some important changes that you’ll need to be aware of before the start of the academic year. Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 The statutory…

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Safeguarding Advice for Equestrians

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Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, but in an equestrian environment where staff, volunteers, and visitors come and go frequently, how can you ensure you’re making the best efforts to safeguard the children on your premises? Our handy safeguarding advice for equestrians is a must-read if you work around horses and children! What is safeguarding? Safeguarding is…

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Online Safety Training Tips for Parents

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Online safety training tips of the past might not be so relevant now. With children of all ages using the internet, parents need to be aware of online risks and how to help their children to protect themselves from harm. Our online safety tips for parents are sure to help. “A huge virtual playground…” If…

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Female Genital Mutilation – Safeguarding Training

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a huge child protection concern that we all need to be aware of year-round, but why is it especially important to keep your safeguarding training around this issue in mind during the summertime? What is female genital mutilation? You might have already heard of female genital mutilation. Many professionals shorten…

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Online Safety: Sexting and the Dangers of Social Media

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“Once on the internet, always on the internet,” is an ideal warning to keep in mind when it comes to approaching the topic of sexting and social media with children and young adults. Sexting is on the rise and so are the dangers of sexting, so how can we educate our children to protect themselves…

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