Mon, Oct 21 | Via Zoom video conferencing

Understanding Duty of care obligations in relation to social media. 21st October Session.

Over the past 4 years we have have conducted eSafety Risk Reviews for hundreds of schools. A common thread through these reviews is a lack of understanding that duty of care may no longer end at the school gate when social media and cyber bullying are involved.
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Understanding Duty of care obligations in relation to social media. 21st October Session.

Time & Location

Oct 21, 2019, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Via Zoom video conferencing

About the Event

Almost every jurisdiction in Australia is looking to amend its duty of care obligations in response to the Royal Commission. Schools that we ave worked with are taking tangible steps that, not only provide real protection for students, but that are also seen by parents as providing real protection. And steps that will ultimately change the narrative from that of the Royal Commission, to one where the their schools are the most active in protecting children from mental health issues and cyberbullying.

The frequency of bullying, grooming, and self-harm incidents affecting young people, is increasing. A recent report by ReachOut has identified that social media is now parents number one fear for their children.

Parents fear social media and technology more than drugs, alcohol or smoking - Meredith Griffiths, 11 Mar 2018

The responsibility for addressing these issues is being pushed onto schools, without schools being provided the necessary resources to identify, and to deal with them. Being unaware that these events are occurring, does not reduce teachers duty of care obligations.

The Educator Online Australia - ‘Schools have ‘duty of care’ to track students online’ by Brett Henebery 16 Feb 2018

This course will provide participants with the information necessary to undertake appropriate interventions.The course will provide participants an understanding of duty of care obligations in relation to Social Media.


This is a two hour Professional Development course delivered via webinar by Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd CEO - Kirra Pendergast

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Reputational Risk and the development of policies and procedures for staff and students (ICT usage, mobile phone etc).
  • When and how duty of care extends beyond the school gate.
  • Instagram, Google Classroom, Snapchat, Cyber Bullying and child safety.
  • Preventative and proactive actions that a school can take.
  • Common Law, Legislation and liability definitions.
  • How to conduct a basic eSafety risk review.

Safe on Social Media offers ongoing learning support to Teachers and Schools through an annual subscription to out “Cyber Safety Toolkit” which includes guides and cheat sheets with new additions to the toolkit each week. The first year of the Toolkit subscription is free to those that complete this course.

Cost: $175 ex GST.