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14 Nov
Online safety in boarding - staying up to date
14 Nov 2019 - 14 Nov 2019

Online safety in boarding - staying up to date


Date: November 14, 2019

Venue: 65 Queen's Gate, Baden Powell House, London, SW7 5JS

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: Boarding staff, Medical staff


The venue for this seminar was changed due to unforeseen circumstances on 8th November; previously scheduled to take place at Princess Beatrice House, the seminar will now take place at Baden Powell House, 65 Queen's Gate.


Why should you attend?

Recent research (Ofcom 2019) found that 19% of 3 and 4 year olds own their own tablet device with 62% of 12-15 year olds taking their mobile phones to bed with them. The digital world is constantly changing and this seminar will provide an overview of the latest developments, trends and concerns in online safety as well as up to date information about what schools should be doing both from an educational and a safeguarding perspective. The RSE curriculum which all schools will have to teach from Sept 2020 has significant elements of online safety contained within it.


  1. To provide an overview of the latest trends and developments in online safety as well as the challenges
  2. To share the latest research about what children and young people (and their parents and teachers) are doing online
  3. To discuss best practice in delivering effective online safety education
  4. To share the latest resources
  5. To provide an update on government guidance and statutory requirements around online safety.



10 – 10:30        Tea/Coffee on arrival

10:30                Welcome and Introduction

10:35                Session 1 – Online safety overview - what are the latest trends and developments in online safety? What does the research tell us about children of different ages/backgrounds/vulnerabilities? What are the platforms, apps and services they are using? What are the key concerns schools need to be aware of?

11:30                Tea/Coffee

11:45                Session 2 – Delivering effective online safety ­- an overview of the Education for a Connected World framework from UKCIS and how this relates to the new RSE curriculum and new PSHE programme of study. The session will look at what schools need to be doing to ensure coverage and progression in their online safety.

12:45                Lunch

13:30                Session 3 – Policy - what schools need to be doing in order to be compliant with statutory requirements including KCSIE, PREVENT. What does this look like in reality? Best practice suggestions.

14:30                Tea/Coffee

14:45                Session 4 – Case studies - An opportunity to consider some case studies and discuss possible outcomes and approaches. How do current school policies fit with these?

15:30                Close


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

Online safety is embedded throughout KCSIE and will also feature in the updated NMS. School inspections are now rightly placing a greater emphasis on online safety as an aspect of safeguarding and the education of pupils in this area. The ISI regulatory requirements are clear and detailed with regards to what schools should be doing.

The RSE curriculum which all schools will have to teach from Sept 2020 has significant elements of online safety contained within it.

Staff in boarding schools have the challenge of providing children and young people with the opportunities that technology brings but also providing a safe and secure online environment. There are particular challenges for international students too with some coming to the UK from a country where online access is severely restricted – often at ISP level – the relative freedom associated with access in the UK means that the needs for education and robust support structures is even more important.



Speaker: Karl Hopwood

Karl Hopwood is an independent online safety expert. He is a member of UKCIS (UK Council for Internet Safety) and sits on the UKCIS evidence group and the UKCIS education group as well as on the advisory board for the UK Safer Internet Centre and the education advisory board for CEOP. He also sits on Twitter’s trust and safety council and the Roblox trust and safety board where he represents the Insafe network. Karl has worked for a number of key players in the UK and abroad including CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), BECTA (British Educational and Communications Technology Agency), the European Commission, the UN and several Local Authorities within the UK and in Europe. As an ex primary headteacher, he continues to work closely in schools across Europe with children, young people, parents and teachers to develop safer online behaviours and the promotion of digital literacy. Karl has been employed for the last 12 years as an in-house consultant for INSAFE which is the coordinating node of the EU Better Internet for Kids programme where he is responsible for the coordination of safer internet helplines across Europe. Karl is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Marie Collins Foundation, a charity which supports young people who have been sexually abused and exploited online and is also a trustee of Childnet International. He is currently part of a team working on child protection policy development in Rwanda in collaboration with 5Rights.


65 Queen's Gate, London, Baden Powell House Conference Centre, 65–67 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, Greater London, SW7 5JS, United Kingdom