Our Online Media Law for schools training is designed to equip pupils with a clear understanding how to navigate digital environments safely, legally and responsibly, particularly in relation to the misuse of social media and criminal laws.
Download a PDF of our ‘Online Media Law for schools’ explainer document for more information and rates.
Sessions cover a variety of criminal and civil laws relating to digital communications, including those relating to: indecent imagery (‘sexting’ and ‘revenge porn’), malicious and grossly offensive material, threats, abuse and hate speech online, contempt of court and rights to anonymity, defamation (libel), privacy and copyright. We also include case studies relating to the ‘digital footprint’ and how social media misuse can affect reputation and future prospects.
We combine an overview of the legislation with interactive discussion of real-life case studies to ensure pupils have a practical (as well as theoretical) understanding of where those legal boundaries lie and to make the sessions engaging and dynamic for students and staff.
We always conclude with time for open Q&A, and provide key resources for further advice and support. Bookings can easily be tailored to suit school requirements re: content, timing or style of delivery.
“Thank you for providing a fast-paced, highly intelligent and relevant survey of online media law for our 6th form. Pupils were appreciative and staff were taking notes. We will be asking you to talk to other year groups very soon.” - Brian Smith, Head of Wellbeing at Westminster School
“Holly is a fantastic presenter. She is very knowledgeable of the law surrounding Social Media and was able to answer questions from Staff, Parents and Students with ease. Her manner in all the presentations was extremely engaging, and everyone left with a wealth of knowledge about the issues discussed. We will definitely be looking into getting her back again”- James Rhatigan, Head of Year 9 at The Perse School
“The workshop provided was, without doubt, one of the best we have had from an ‘outside provider’. Our pupils all have Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, as well as a range of learning difficulties. This can make for a challenging audience for any presenter! The materials provided by Holly were tailored to meet the needs of the pupils. They had lots of opportunities to give their thoughts and opinions and these were dealt with effectively and sensitively by Holly. When pupils went off-track, she was able to bring them back to the subject matter and re-engage them. The pupils and staff were all impressed with the content, delivery and relevance of the workshop. Thank you for bringing a difficult topic into the here and now for us.” – Jo Nunn (St Nicholas School)
“Holly delivered two sessions to the Year 9s covering social media criminal & civil law, ethics and reputation issues. Both sessions were very interactive using relevant case studies which kept the students engaged and interested. Holly gave the students the chance to discuss the outcome of these cases and then vote on several possibilities. Holly dealt very effectively with a group of over 100 students and the many questions that followed these discussions. She is professional but also addressed the audience confidently on their level . I am very happy to recommend Holly and the content of these sessions which are very informative and a different approach to online safety lessons”. – Jo Moran, Head of PSHE at St Paul’s Girls’ School
“The session Holly delivered for the students on the WP Criminology Masterclass was great, Holly's background in presenting and performing coupled with an in-depth and extensive subject knowledge made for an engaging and thought-provoking workshop. Most importantly the issues discussed were contemporary and relevant to the students participating in the session, so while students were discovering about one of the many facets of a Criminology degree they were also finding out how they can safely navigate and conduct themselves on the many different social media platforms.” - Tom Trower, Widening Participation Project Officer, City University of London
“Excellent course. Well paced. Good materials, user friendly when speaking to staff and or parents. Well measured delivery with time for discussion and feedback. Tutor was excellent, keen enthusiastic, knowledgeable and engaging… Particularly helpful were the discussions on case studies and hearing the views and approaches taken in other schools. I would recommend this course. Holly put across what could be seen as quite legalised issues in a user friendly sensitive manner. Thank you and keep doing a wonderful job” – Susan Walker, Cranmore School
“Brilliant. It fulfilled my two aims: 1. Get material for lessons & 2. Broaden and deepen my knowledge of e-safety stuff. Content was bang on. Interesting to me but also potentially interesting to students. Case studies were clearly very well researched and relevant to the point being made. Format was superb. The slides had consistent layout which helped with reading them. Tutor was engaging and the tone was light throughout despite the subject being sometimes quite heavy. Absolutely would recommend this. Tell people this is better than CEOP and in half the time. I’ll back you up! –Kierhan Holt, Tiffin School
“The tutor instantly developed a good rapport with our students as she took them through the issues of keeping safe and using social media sites appropriately. Our students learnt a lot and could later recall the main points of libel, harassment and the dangers of speaking to strangers. Students interacted with each other as they discussed their outcomes. We would definitely use the tutor again – she used clear language, explaining things well with concrete examples that our students could relate to.” – Julie Taylor, KS4 Manager at Limpsfield Grange
“Students found the day really informative and found the facts about copyright laws and libel / defamation really useful. Many students found the case studies really informative and this highlighted to our students consequences when using social websites to be derogatory towards others. I felt this day was invaluable to all involved, there was something for us all to learn and take away from this. As Subject leader for PSHE I will endeavour to deliver sessions on social media law and ethics on an annual basis to ensure all of our students are informed and aware of how to use the internet safely.” – Nicola Woodroffe, Therfield School
“Your presentation was thought provoking, hard hitting and informative, it has stimulated some great discussion between both students and staff. Our students found it supportive and helped them to realise what they ‘need to know’ and most importantly ‘be aware of’.” – Robert Coombes, Deputy Headteacher at Broadwater School
“Having a journalist deliver the workshop made it more meaningful and helped engage the students. The content was hard hitting, and has certainly provoked some useful discussion with students and staff. Feedback from the students was very positive. They feel that they now have more understanding of how they can “keep out of trouble” and also appreciate why sometimes it is a good thing to allow a trusted adult to monitor on-line behaviour.” -Annie Welch, Home School Link Worker at Gosden House School
“Last year I commissioned Eagle Radio to undertake a large-scale campaign on our behalf to include all state funded senior schools in Surrey to engage young people in, and educate them about the risks involved in the use of social media. I am aware that Holly Powell-Jones has led this project and delivered dozens of assemblies and engagement events across Surrey over the last few months as part of this project. Further, I am aware that she authored the script for each scenario, devised the style necessary for each audience and has continually made efforts to suit style of content and delivery to individual audiences.
“I personally witnessed such efforts last month at a ‘Special Needs School’ in Farnham, Surrey, where I was impressed at her energy and commitment to a group of young people who were slightly more challenging to engage with, in terms of teaching/facilitation style. In my opinion as a qualified youth worker and ex-trainer the lesson plan, execution and learning/teaching style were excellent and absolutely right for the audience.” – Jeff Harris, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey (2013-2016)
PRESENTATIONS, GUEST SPEAKING & LECTURES
Highly experienced public speaker, able to tailor content to suit different timings and audiences.
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY CONSULTATION
Providing support at meeting/development stage and providing remote feedback via email on draft documents.
WRITTEN RESOURCES AND MATERIALS
Producing educational resource packs, guides, news articles, features, fact sheets, blogs and book chapters.
BESPOKE MULTIMEDIA MATERIALS
Producing engaging video and audio content for training and educational purposes.
RESEARCH AND REPORTS ON YOUTH DIGITAL EXPERIENCES
Designing and delivering youth digital research projects - from initial planning and ethics, through to data collection and analysis, plus follow up presentations, reports and press releases.
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