WhatsApp what are the risks?

WhatsApp – should parents be concerned?

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?[…]

school phone ban

Culture Secretary seeks school phone ban

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[…]

CPD

Free online safety CPD for teachers and school staff

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[…]

peer-to-peer grooming

Certificate of Online Safety updates

November 2017 Updates to content Peer-to-peer grooming is becoming an increasing problem, particularly with regard to encouraging sharing of inappropriate images. Games of ‘dare’ are being used which start small but lead the victim towards sharing of naked images. Our grooming unit has been updated to raise awareness of this and to encourage children to Read more about Certificate of Online Safety updates[…]

bullying

Quarter of young people admit to bullying

New research from the think-tank Demos has found that 26% of 16-18 year olds surveyed admitted they had ‘bullied or insulted someone else online’. It also indicated that there is a gender imbalance in this, with 32% of boys involved in online bullying in comparison to 22% of girls. These figures are of course likely Read more about Quarter of young people admit to bullying[…]