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Schools training

Schools face increasing pressure to keep young people safe online and deal with any social media problems affecting their pupils...

The schools sessions are designed to equip students, staff and/or parents with a clear understanding of the criminal laws that apply to misuse of social media, apps and digital communications, whether in relation to online abuse, cyberbullying, 'sexting' and indecent image sharing, 'revenge porn', hate speech, threats, harassment or fake online accounts. Both the content and timings can be tailored to suit the specific needs of each session. Useful sources of further support and guidance are always provided. 

After several years' experience running social media and cybercrime projects in schools for the Police and Crime Commissioner's Office, reaching more than 15,000 pupils in 2016-17, it has become obvious that a clear and engaging explanation of the law in plain English is the best starting point to tackling the risks of digital media misuse among young people.

Whether you would like interactive assembly presentations for large groups, smaller in-depth workshop sessions, courtroom role-play or bespoke training sessions for staff, parents and carers, these sessions are designed to stimulate, educate and empower schools to help young people to navigate their digital futures. Each session concludes with the opportunity for open questions, with answers from a university level media law lecturer with a PhD specialism in youth and social media.

Read some testimonials to find out more about what schools have to say about this training...

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University training

Supporting students, SU officers, academics and professional services staff to maximise online opportunities....

University sessions focus on a broad range of legal and ethical issues online, from criminal concerns such as hate speech, 'trolling', threats and harassment, through to lesser known matters such as defamatory (reputation-damaging) content online, privacy and intellectual property, as well as issues like the 'digital footprint'.  Sessions tend to include more positive aspects of social media, such as building your online media profile, staff-student educational interactions and networking online.

With sessions on offer for senior members of academic staff, through to SU officers and student journalists, as well as Early Career Researchers and PhD students, the content, style, format and structure of sessions can be easily tailored suit different needs, plus any restrictions on timing.

Building on several years' experience as a media industry professional in journalism, and as an early-career academic, these sessions are designed to bring together knowledge from both worlds, to help those within universities to communicate effectively and legally online. Each session concludes with opportunities for open questions and suggested sources of useful further information.

As well as booking training sessions for staff, you can also ask for feedback and consultancy on your institutions' Social Media policies for staff or students, and/or request multimedia training resources for the future (quotes for bespoke offerings available on request).

Find out more about previous clients and experience.

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Professional training

Bringing the same level of media law knowledge required for journalism to all those who publish and share content online...

Whether you're a PR agency, freelancer, influencer, marketing manager, social media and web specialist, or simply just the person who just happens to be responsible for social media at your organisation, basic knowledge of UK media law is essential. Maximising opportunities and exposure online naturally requires understanding of how to manage the risks that accompany this, whether they be criminal issues like dealing with online abuse or threats, civil risks such as privacy, libel or copyright lawsuits, or something as straightforward as developing clear social media policies.

Combining knowledge of media law at university lecturer level with first-hand experience within the media industry, this training addresses both the theoretical and practical considerations for anyone using social media as part of their professional lives. Sessions include useful case studies for group discussion, opportunities for open Q&A, plus useful sources of further support and information. As well as booking training sessions, you can also request support in helping to develop or update your organisation's social media policies and guidelines.

Basic and seemingly minor errors, such as misunderstanding of copyright, can result in serious financial risk, for example, huge settlements or expensive court costs, which is why a basic understanding of UK Media Law is a necessity for any individuals or organisations publishing online. Whether you're blogging, vlogging, podcasting, delving into a host of social media platforms - or simply updating your website - ensure you're doing it effectively, legally and responsibly.

Many of the clients who book these sessions do so again and again in future; whether as a refresher for existing staff, or training for new starters. 

Sessions can be tailored to suit different industries, different levels of experience and any time restrictions. 

See a list of organisations who've booked this training in the past.



Other services...

Highly experienced public speaker, able to tailor content to suit different timings and audiences.

Providing support at meeting/development stage and providing remote feedback via email on draft documents.

Producing educational resource packs, guides, news articles, features, fact sheets, blogs and book chapters.

Producing engaging video and audio content for training and educational purposes.

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.

(Quotes bespoke on request)