Certificate of online safety
An introduction to the importance of the OSA Certificate of Online Safety, content covered and method of delivery. Click the icon above to begin.
Free Staff CPD
Our free CPD course for school staff covers online risks to pupils, staff use of digital devices, statutory requirements and more. Click the icon above to learn more.
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The digital tools that our children use are constantly changing, as are the risks that arise as a result. It is essential that schools develop a detailed awareness of what the dangers our children are exposed to are, and the risks of each.
Underlying all changes is the movement of control away from schools and parents towards children, with the majority of children now having access to the Internet through data plans on their mobile phones reducing the impact of Internet filtering in schools and almost all children having unsupervised access to an Internet-enabled device in their bedroom at night.
Having a detailed and accurate picture of the online habits of the children in your school is an important step in ensuring you are providing the advice and support that they need. Our ‘Digital Lifestyles Surveys’, tailored to different age groups, can provide you with a detailed report for your Leadership team and governing body. Order a report for your school today.
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WhatsApp has generally been seen as a safer social media option for children. However, schools are increasingly reporting that the platform is a source of problems, particularly with younger children. This page aims to provide parents and carers with sufficient information to ensure they are aware of the risks that come with the app, and Read more about WhatsApp – should parents be concerned?[…]
The free OSA CPD course for school staff is rapidly growing in popularity. A powerful safeguarding tool for ensuring all staff in your school community are aware of the online risks to children, how to help children stay safe, statutory requirements for staff, and staff responsibilities in their own use of social media. Details of Read more about Review of staff online safety CPD[…]
The debate as to whether children should be allowed to bring phones into school has raged for quite some time, with the French government notably taking a firm step of banning phones in primary, junior and middle schools from September. A number of other countries around the world are deciding whether to follow France’s lead. Read more about Culture Secretary seeks school phone ban[…]
It is a statutory requirement that schools provide safeguarding training to their staff once a year as a minimum. The importance of current online safety issues being addressed within such training is more important than ever. The OSA Certificate of Online Safety (Staff CPD) has been developed to help you to address this requirement. Free to Read more about Free online safety CPD for teachers and school staff[…]
Safer Internet Day 2018 is fast approaching. On Tuesday 6th February schools up and down the country will be turning their attention to helping their pupils develop the knowledge and skills needed to stay safe online. Why not go the extra mile this year and get your pupils to undertake the OSA Certificate of Online Read more about Resources for Safer Internet Day 2018[…]
This is the twelfth in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. We’ve seen the inexorable rise of phishing over the years – usually to get you to click a link which either downloads malware, or prompts you to put in personal details into a website. A successful variation in Read more about Tip – report phishing, vishing and smishing[…]
This is the eleventh in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. We’re just seeing details emerge of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in most CPUs powering mainstream computers and phones. CERT’s official recommendation is that the only way to guard against this particular problem is to replace your CPU with one that isn’t Read more about Tip – apply updates for computer chip problems[…]
This is the tenth in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. System Administrators know (from sometimes bitter experience) that updates to systems and programs are meant to improve things (add features, fix problems), but don’t always do so. The sheer volume of updates to programs and apps can mean Read more about Tip – keep an eye on program updates[…]
This is the ninth in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. In tip 5, we covered the fact that the Deloitte hack came about in large part because an intruder just needed to acquire a single password from an administrator of the firm’s email accounts Home and personal computers Read more about Tip – use administrator privileges sparingly[…]
This is the eighth in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. Get 2018 off to a good start by: Going to the “https://” version of every website Checking that your browser supports modern security algorithms Ensuring any websites you manage have SSL certificates too Go to the “https://” version Read more about Tip – use HTTPS everywhere[…]