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Online Safety and Digital Citizenship



Online benefits & risks

Supporting young people as digital citizens

Digital citizenship in your online safety education

Digital Leadership

Engaging parents & carers


Short Video Classes


Activities with Interactive Polls, Quizzes and Collaborative Whiteboards

6 hrs


With the option to make online notes on every class, download a Certificate of Completion & provide Learner Feedback

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The internet provides children with remarkable opportunities to socialize, to play and to learn – to access seemingly infinite streams of information and make unlimited connections instantly, at the click of a button or tap of a finger. Maximizing the effective use of digital technology is now an essential part of the learning and teaching environment – equipping students with the skills to succeed in a global, digital economy. And yet, with these tremendous online opportunities, come online risks. For professionals involved in education and child welfare, the challenge is to help young people strike the right balance.

In a world of ubiquitous digital lifestyles, how can we protect young people from the dangers of ‘connecting’? Of being ‘social’? Of sharing personal content online? How can we de-dramatize the online risks, yet raise awareness of them? And how can we, within this environment, nurture our young people into responsible digital citizens and teach them to become their own digital filters?

This on-demand learning course – Online Safety and Digital Citizenship – brings Jess McBeath, a specialist in online safety, straight to your device. Learners are encouraged to explore their own understanding of online safety and consider how we can help children and young people recognise the risks that are inherent in a technology environment and provide them with the skills and tools to address that.

You can click and play as many classes as you like, whenever you like, in whichever order you like. There are 15 short video presentations, complemented by a range of interactive content – including 8 collaborative whiteboards, 7 polls and 2 quizzes. In total, the course provides learners with around 6 hours Continuous Professional Development and a personalised certificate of completion.

Course rates for learners

1 Learner


3-5 learners

Small group
£ 80 Per person

6-500+ learners

Large group
£ 75-15 Per person

Detailed course agenda


Video Class – Digital Citizenship: Why we need to support young people as digital citizens

  • Online by default
  • Internet access as a utility, not a luxury
  • Participation and involvement
  • Digital citizenship skills

Activity – Your understanding of the internet

Video Class – Is the internet a wild wild west?

  • Children gambling online
  • Offensive messages
  • Online anonymity
  • Risk assess under 13s
  • Taking intimate images and threatening to share

Video Class – A summary of key online risks

  • Is screentime bad for you?
  • Online bullying
  • Online disinhibition, Sexting
  • Misinformation, Disinformation
  • Cybersecurity, Digital footprint


Activity – Karim’s case study

Video Class – Assessing online risk

  • The Online Resilience Tool from Headstart Kernow
  • Grading online risk – Harmful, Potentially Harmful, Not Harmful
  • Understanding online risk and digital resilience

Video Class – The 3 Ps of our Digital Lives

  • Our digital lives are complex
  • The three Ps – Person, People and Place
  • Applying the 3Ps to Karim’s case study

Activity – Karim’s case study continued

Video Class – An empowering approach to digital safeguarding

  • What steps could be taken to safeguard and support Karim?
  • What could be done to help Karim become more digitally resilient?
  • How can we help build on his online and offline protective factors?


Video Class – What skills do young people need, as ‘digital citizens’?

  • The Digital Childhood report, published by 5Rights
  • What does it mean to be a ‘digital native’? The digital habits of our children and young people
  • The Education for a Connected World framework – building up a child’s digital knowledge over time

Activity – Developing an online privacy lesson

Video Class – Jess’ Feedback: Developing an online privacy lesson

  • The importance of keeping personal information private
  • Project Evolve – a suite of teaching resources on online privacy
  • How will I know if my teaching plan will be effective?
  • Looking again at the three Ps to assess a learner’s motivations and their exposure to risk

Activity – The benefits and risks of being online

Video Class – Offline vulnerability, increased online risk?

  • The digital experiences of young people aged 11-17
  • Supporting vulnerable children online
  • Life Online for Vulnerable Young People
  • Returning to the importance of Digital Resilience

Video Class – Teaching online safety: Measure what matters

  • How will i know if my teaching has been effective?
  • Understanding and engaging with pupils around online values and norms of behaviour
  • Creating an education plan to address particular issues
  • Recording online safety issues and ensuring our teaching and support is guided by that data


Activity – 10 statements on Digital leadership

Video Class – Jess’ Feedback: 10 statements on Digital leadership

  • Online safety is a shared responsibility
  • Confidence to talk to pupils and parents
  • How to report and record online safety issues
  • Securing data and devices
  • Social media policy

Video Class – Embedding digital citizenship in your online safety education

  • Involving pupils in your online safety teaching
  • Continuous change and keeping pace with online risks and benefits
  • Integrating digital skills and the impact of digital across the curriculum

Video Class – Engaging parents in online safety

  • Involving parents and carers
  • Digital parenting
  • Evolving advice to parents about online safety
  • The key message – raising digital citizens

Activity – Engaging parents in online safety

Video Class – Create your action plan

  • Digital Citizenship – Why we need to support young people as digital citizens
  • Assessing Online Risk
  • Educating Digital Citizens
  • Becoming a Digital Leader

Introducing Our Trainer

Jess McBeath

Specialist in online safety

Jess McBeath is a specialist in online safety with a focus on empowering digital citizens: we should all be able to live a good life online. She has a detailed understanding of the full range of online harms with specific interest in misinformation, digital footprint, cybersecurity and online ethics.  Jess engages, supports and educates professionals, individuals, communities and organisations to safely harness the opportunities of digital.  Jess was awarded the NSPCC Childhood Champion Award as Schools Volunteer Scotland 2018.  She is a member of Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Scotland and a Trustee of Borders College Regional Board. 

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