The Scottish Government has pledged to improve guidance for parents and carers on how to be better equipped to support their child’s online activity and how to support children who have suffered online abuse. The National Action Plan for internet safety in Scotland was published in 2017, outlining the guidelines on training, support and information for professionals, families, children and young people.

This timely one-day course will explore best practice in schools and local authorities, discuss innovative ways to approach complicated issues, such as having a healthy online presence, online relationships and how to recognise and report online bullying. Attend to learn how to effectively engage with parents to create an effective, joined-up dialogue in order to create robust e-safety policies in school.

Whilst the internet can pose dangers for children, when used responsibly it can also be hugely beneficial. Join online safety and social media consultant Jonathan Taylor to explore how to emphasise the importance of digital literacy and encourage an appropriate online presence which benefits children and young people’s school and home life.

About the Chair: Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor worked within Law Enforcement 30 years, for 8 years Jonathan specialized in covert online internet investigations gaining a wealth of knowledge in online offender behaviour. Graduating with an MSc in Criminology / Criminal Psychology, Jonathan now specialises in Online Sex Offender Behaviour and he continues to research into how Social Media is used by children, young adults and online sex offenders.

Jonathan frequently appears on Sky News, The One Show, BBC Breakfast TV, LBC, and Radio 5 Live as an Internet Safety & Social Media Consultant, and has recently filmed Documentaries for Channel 4 & CBS on the dangers of Online Paedophiles.

He currently works as an Independent Online Safety & Social Media Consultant, specializing in Online Safety, Social Media Awareness and offender online methodology. Jonathan is a renowned Online Safety & Social media Awareness Trainer for all Schools, nationally and internationally, and works as Social Media & Online Safety Consultant.

9:15 - 9:45


9:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Policy, Legislation and Understanding the Dangers of the Internet for Children

  • Review recent policy changes made by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety
  • Gain insight into current technology trends and apps children are using, including YouTube, TikTok and other social media
  • Hear about the unique risks posed by the newest content and material on the internet
  • Understand children’s capacity to perceive online risk
  • Keeping this in mind, know how to embed a positive perception of the internet


Jonathan Taylor

Online Safety Consultant
10:45 - 11:30

Identifying and Tackling Bullying Online

  • Hear about the different forms of bullying online and the channels by which these can occur, including gaming and social media
  • Understanding the way children interact and create relationships with each other online
  • Know how to teach children to recognise and effectively react to bullying online


Katie Ferguson

Service Director, respectme
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:15

Effectively Engaging Parents

  • Hear from Connect (formerly Scottish Parent Teacher Council) on ways to create a joined-up dialogue between parents, children and schools
  • Discuss the importance of the internet and how it can be hugely beneficial to children’s learning and development
  • Creating open, honest and effective conversations between children and adults


Eileen Prior

Executive Director, Connect
12:15 - 13:00

Case Study: Teaching Children to be Safe Online

  • Hear from a leading primary school on their practices for how to prepare children to be positively engaged with the digital world
  • Discuss online relationships and how to approach this topic with children
  • How to implement a robust policy in school to safeguard children, but also champion the internet to aid learning and development
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Case Study: Developing Policy, Procedure and Support for Children

  • Hear from a leading high school on the work done in school to support children and young people’s relationships with the internet
  • Creating a culture of responsibility and a healthy understanding of what goes alongside having an online presence
  • How to develop the conversation and include older children to advise best practice
  • Creating a safe space to discuss issues and setting a good example
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Implementing Robust E-Safety Measures at School

Work with the Chair to embed the day’s learning and create an action plan to implement an online safety campaign back at school

  • Discuss ways to incorporate more rigorous e-safety measures in your school
  • Explore methods to engage your staff in the implementation of e-safety measures
  • Leave with an action plan on how to create an effective online safety campaign in your organisation


Jonathan Taylor

Online Safety Consultant
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Jonathan Taylor

Online Safety Consultant

Jonathan Taylor worked within Law Enforcement 30 years, for 8 years Jonathan specialized in covert online internet investigations gaining a…

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Eileen Prior

Executive Director, Connect

Eileen Prior FRSA is Executive Director of Connect, Formerly Scottish Parent Teacher Council, a long-standing charity which is focused on…

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Katie Ferguson

Service Director, respectme

Katie Ferguson is Service Director of respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service. Over the last ten years, Katie has worked with organisations…

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Central Edinburgh

Q: Can I make a provisional booking?

A: Unfortunately, we do not accept provisional bookings. Registrations are subject to our terms and conditions. View terms and conditions here

Q: Can I book without a purchase order number?

A: Yes. Simply email [email protected] after you have booked the course, with your Purchase Order Number. Please quote your order number and the course you are booked onto.

Q: Is lunch included?

A: Yes, a two-course hot buffet is served at lunch. Tea and coffee are served throughout the day.

Q: I have special dietary requirements, how can I request this?

A: Special dietary requirements can be catered for, please ensure you include this in the further information box when registering your place. If you have forgotten to add this, you can also send your requirements to [email protected] or call 0800 542 9440. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure your needs are met.

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Q: I can no longer attend the course, can a colleague attend in my place?

A: Substitutions may be made at any time but must be made no later than 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 0800 542 9440 or email [email protected] with the replacement's details.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Cancellations must be received in writing 30 working days before the date of the event and will be subject to a £195+VAT administration fee. Cancellations received after this time will be subject to the full delegate fee.

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A: Speakers presentations are sent a week after the event date. Please contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or [email protected] if it has been more than a week.

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A: Yes, all our venues have the latest technology, offer full audio visual support and WI-FI.

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