What are EMCTalks?
EMCTalks is a new venture hosted by the Education Media Centre in which high-profile expert speakers offer insight and advice to those on the front line.
Every head teacher in England will be invited to attend these free sessions or to nominate a key member of staff to do so.
The talks are designed to bring practical, evidence-based insights to issues which are of current relevance to schools, highlighting the latest developments in policy, research and practice.
Our first series of three talks will be on internet safety, focusing on two current issues:
- Trends in children’s internet use and online abuse during the pandemic.
- The Government’s long-awaited Online Harms Bill.
The Bill proposes strict new guidelines governing removal of illegal content such as child sexual abuse, terrorist material and the promotion of suicide.
We offer insights for schools – how might their daily experience be affected by legal changes, what should the triggers be for concern about a child, and how can teachers ensure their pupils are safe if face-to-face contact has to be reduced?
The sessions will be accompanied where possible by a range of free resources which schools can use to put these ideas into practice. They will also be recorded and made available for later viewing.
- Simon Bailey, Chief Constable of the Norfolk Constabulary and National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Child Protection and Investigation, and Sharon Doughty, TV Presenter, abuse campaigner and survivor of child abuse
- David Wright, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre
- Tim Loughton MP, former children’s minister, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children and member of the Parliamentary Home Affairs Committee
We’re a charity, so we are seeking sponsorship from key organisations which are interested in the topics covered by the talks.