Using external expertise to enhance online safety education: Guidance for education settings

Guidance to support education settings who want to use external expertise to enhance their online safety education.



This guidance will help education settings to adopt a proactive approach to online safety education within the curriculum and how best to use external resources and speakers to enhance this.

This includes considerations about:

  • when and when not to use external expertise
  • choosing external expertise
  • ensuring effective use of external expertise, including expectations, group size, resources and use of ‘scare/shock tactics’
  • safeguarding for all involved

The guidance can be used to facilitate conversations between settings and external visitors to develop young people’s digital literacy skills and parental awareness.

Published 29 July 2018
Last updated 6 October 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated guide added.

  2. First published.