This course is for employees of Bracknell Forest Council, partner organisations and volunteers working with children, young people and vulnerable adults who may be accessing communication technology including the internet and mobile phones.

The course will look at the following elements:

Technology in today’s world

Technology has exploded around us in recent years. Hear about the extent of our dependency on the internet as well as the latest stats about how children, young people and vulnerable adults are interacting on the internet, how they are accessing it and what they are encountering.

Online risks

So what can go wrong? What do we need to be mindful of when children, young people and vulnerable adults use modern technologies? How do we manage cyberbullying, access to inappropriate content, online grooming, sexting and pornography?

New technologies, behaviours and risks

Forget MSN and Bebo, things have moved on. Learn about the latest photo-sharing and social networking technologies that children, young people & vulnerable adults are using and how they can be enjoyed in a safe way.

New legislation and regulations

New and relevant legislation in the form of the Education Act 2011 gives schools new powers to search, delete and confiscate data and items. Ofsted have also released brand new inspection guidelines in terms of e-safety. These are explained and simplified so that schools can ensure what compliance would entail.

Services and support

Where do I go for help? How do I report something? Where can I go to keep up to date with new internet safety issues?

This course is free to Bracknell Forest employees. It is £30 for other local authorities, schools, police, probation and health staff and £15 for members of the private, voluntary and independent sector.

For information on dates and how to apply, contact: or phone the Learning & Development Co-ordinators on 01344 35 2211 or 2293.

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