09:00 - 09:10

Chair’s Opening Remarks


Susie Hargreaves OBE

Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation

09:10 - 09:40

Updates on Statutory Guidance and the Future of the Online Safety Bill

With the passing of the landmark Online Safety Bill on the 19th September, understand what the implications will be. We will cover the following:

  • Defining online harms
  • Progress and next steps for the Online Safety Bill
  • Exploring the implications of the Online Safety Bill: new statutory roles and responsibilities
Live Q&A
9:30 - 09:40
Jeremy Wright

Rt Hon Sir Jeremy Wright KC MP

Chair & Registered Contact, All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Digital Regulation and Responsibility

09:40 - 10:25

Keeping up with Evolving Technologies: Spotting Signs and Preventing Online Harms

  • Reviewing the latest trends in young people’s technology and social media use
  • Understanding what to look out for: spotting the signs of online harm
  • Patterns of online grooming, including peer-on-peer and stranger contact
  • Technologies that can be used to disrupt online harm
  • How will Ofcom regulate and tackle online harm and keep up with new and emerging technologies?
Live Q&A
10:15 - 10:25

Emma Hardy

Communications Director, Internet Watch Foundation & Co-Director, UK Safer Internet Centre

Sarah Blight

Principal of the Online Safety Policy Team , Ofcom

Deborah Denis

Deborah Denis

CEO, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

10:25 – 10:55

Spotlight Session: Understanding the Young Person’s World Online

Children spend on average 15 hours a week online, rising to 20 in early teenage years. In this session, we will hear from young people themselves, to understand their world online.

What can you do as practitioners to better support young people to keep safe online? What can you do to encourage young people to open up when they have experienced online abuse?

The impacts of social media can be detrimental to young people’s mental health. Hear from young people directly, on what they would like to see from you. We will explore what support young people need for their mental health and to reduce harms.

Live Q&A
10:45 - 10:55
Alex Gray

Alex Gray

Service Head – Head of Volunteer Operations, NSPCC

10:55 - 11:20

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections on our virtual platform.

11:20 – 12:15

Teaching Children about Online Safety

  • Increasing teacher and parent confidence in talking to children and young people about online safety
  • Improving parental engagement with online safety support
  • Project Evolve: reviewing children’s competencies in online safety, and where they need more support
  • Effectively teaching children how to stay safe online: giving young people the tools and understanding according to their age
  • Supporting children to recognise grooming techniques used online
Live Q&A
12:00 - 12:15

David Wright

CEO, SWGfL & Director, UK Safer Internet Centre

Will Gardner OBE

CEO, Childnet & Director, UK Safer Internet Centre

Jacqueline Beauchere

Jacqueline Beauchere

Global Head of Platform Safety, Snapchat

12:15 - 12:35

Spotlight Session: Teaching Neurodiverse Young People about Online Safety

Neurodiverse children and young people are often most vulnerable to online harm.

In this session, we will review how to communicate with neurodiverse young people, helping them understand what online harms look like and what to do should they come across harm online.

Live Q&A
12:25 - 12:35
Kelly Higgs

Kelly Higgs

Curriculum Improvement Lead for My Social and Emotional Well-being, Evergreen School

12:35 – 12:45


12:45 - 13:15

Working Together to Keep Children and Young People Safe Online

  • Working together across police, schools, local authorities and support services to keep children safe online
  • Understanding roles and responsibilities across agencies
  • Best-practice in online safety for schools, police, and local authorities
  • Improving communication and collaboration across services to disrupt online grooming and reduce peer-on-peer abuse
  • Early intervention: ensuring that as soon as a child has access to the online world, they are aware of how to keep safe
Live Q&A
13:05 - 13:15
Nicola Holland

Nicola Holland

Assistant Headteacher and Online Safety Lead, Billing Brook Special School

Vanessa Welsh

Vanessa Welsh

Online Sexual Abuse Prevent Officer, Surrey Police

13:15 - 13:45

Spotlight Session: Mitigating the Impact of Social Media on Young People’s Mental Health

In this spotlight session, we will review how to mitigate the wider impacts of social media and harmful content on mental health. What should you do when you have found a site that promotes harmful behaviour? How can you support children to recognise that what they see online does not necessarily reflect reality?

Understand what you can do to support children who have been exposed to content demonstrating how to self-harm, promoting eating disorders, or inappropriate content such as pornography and misogyny.

Live Q&A
13:35 - 13:45

Dr Simon Hammond

Lecturer in Education, School of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia


Chair's Closing Remarks


Susie Hargreaves OBE

Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation

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