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Online Safety Conference 'Putting Online Safety in Context' - Partners


Online Safety Conference 'Putting Online Safety in Context' - Partners

This event is aimed at professionals who want to understand more about the online environment and how we can keep children and young people safe online.

The event is applicable for staff in Early Years settings through to Post 16. Suggested attendees include: The Designated Safeguarding Lead and other members of the safe guarding team; the E safety lead; pastoral staff and learning mentors    

Programme for the day

Key Speakers

The Breck Foundation - educates the ‘Digital Generation’ to keep safe online. The Foundation campaigns for a safer internet and help train police, educators, health practitioners, safeguarding leads, parents and pupils to ensure that young people are empowered to make safer choices for themselves online.

Alan Earl – is a former police officer who, after spending six years working on an Internet Child Abuse team, began to focus on preventative and education work around online issues. Alan then spent a 9 years of secondment with the South West Grid for Learning and UK Safer Internet Centre giving him the opportunity to present to a broader sweep of agencies including education, fostering and adoption agencies, businesses and other public and private organisations. Alan will be helping the audience understand and tackle internet issues.

Gang Activity and Youth Violence Multi-agency partners will provide input regarding the links between young people’s use of social media and youth violence and other related gang activity. This session will use a Contextual Safeguarding framework to understand, and respond to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse.

Shadow Board - The Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) Shadow Board is made up of young people representing the Bristol Youth Council, Children in Care Council, Bristol Young Carers, Mentality, Freedom LGBTQ and Unity BME. They help the BSCB to set their priorities for safeguarding work, and also conduct their own work. The Shadow Board will be exploring how young people experience the online environment, considering both positive and negative aspects of internet use.

Workshops - delegates are asked to select one of the following workshop to attend:

1. Cyberbullying: a different form of bullying?  This workshop is being provided by the Anti Bullying Alliance and will be looking at:

 - Exploring the prevalence of bullying in schools and cyberbullying; what is different about cyberbullying?;  establishing what schools need to have in place to combat this issue

This workshop is relevant to all professionals whether working in educational settings or in a role that involves working with children and young people and liaising with schools with regard to this topic.

2. Sexting: understanding the issues and knowing what to do about them. This workshop is being provided by the Professionals Online Safety Helpline (POSH) and will be looking at:

 - Some real-life case studies exploring good and bad practice. POSH will also be examining some tools and resources to help in future cases. All delegates should leave this workshop feeling confident to handle sexting incidents appropriately and professionally.

3. Are your staff the problem when using social media? This workshop is provided by Gooseberry Planet, an educational software platform who will be looking at:

During the workshop, there is the opportunity to explore current social media platforms. You will challenge and reflect upon your own online behaviours and explore practical strategies that can be used immediately to keep yourself and others safer online.

This workshop will be of particular interest to educational professionals as there is an opportunity to understand more about Gooseberry Planet resources which provides a comprehensive e safety toolkit for the whole school community .

 4. Using students to improve parental engagement around e-safety. This workshop is provided by Joanne Bocko, Cyber Protect Officer from Avon and Somerset Police . In this workshop we hear the voice of the child explain what they want their parents to know and gain insight into ways young people are encouraging their parents to support them around e-safety and managing screen time. Joanne will also highlight useful links for school websites, newsletters and social media and explain how she may be able to support and facilitate parents evening in your establishment.

This workshop will be of particular interest to educational professionals

Conference Details


There is no parking on site (except for those with accessibility needs, please indicate if you require a space).

There is plenty of on street parking in the surrounding areas (this is mostly metered, check individual machines as charging hours and costs may vary). Alternatively, we are just a short walk from the West End (approx. 6 minutes) and Trenchard Street (approx. 8 minutes) car parks.


There are steps up to the front of the venue, but an alternative level access entry route is available. If you require level access to the venue please indicate this on your order form.

Lunch and Refreshments

Lunch and refreshments are provided and if you have any dietary requirements please indicate these on your order form.

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