Follow: @OnlineMediaLaw and keep up to date with the latest news, case studies, reports and events relating to the law and ethics of digital communications.
To book a school visit: email Learning@964eagle.co.uk (if within Surrey) or Hollypowelljones@gmail.com (outside Surrey).
May 2013 – Present
In June 2013, I successfully pitched, designed and developed brand new training in ‘Online and Social Media: Law and Ethics’, which secured grant funding from The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey to deliver in secondary schools across in the county. This training aims to reduce youth cyber offending (sexting, cyberbullying, online harassament, etc.) by educating students, teachers and parents about communications law and helping them to consider the legal and moral consequences of what they publish online or on social media.
Over the past four years, I have been working alongside Eagle Radio to deliver the training in dozens of local schools, including for students with Special Educational Needs, state comprehensives and independent schools. Every year, we reach around 9,000 students, plus hundreds of school staff, teachers and parents. We produce an annual report for the PCC and a press release for local news outlets.
These sessions aim to cover the basis of the law in relation to the following areas, but can be tailored to place more emphasis on certain aspects if requested:
- Malicious communications, offence, threats and abuse
- Online harassment and stalking
- Hate speech and extremist material
- Indecent/sexual images and video (‘Revenge porn’ and underage ‘sexting’)
- Defamation, libel and reputation management
- Privacy and data protection
- Contempt of court and rights to anonymity
- Copyright, piracy and intellectual property
- Moral, ethical and human rights issues in the digital age
Our assembly presentations and classroom sessions use real-life examples as case studies for teaching the subject. All our tutors have completed Child Protection awareness training and have full DBS (formerly CRB) checks. In addition to training for pupils, we also offer sessions for school staff, teachers, governors and parents. We also offer each school an up to date Resource Pack with details of the law for future reference and further links, news and other relevant information.
The offering to schools is completely tailored to suit the schools’ needs, based upon one or a combination of the following:
Online and Social Media law and ethics – Interactive, assembly-style presentation using real-life case studies (for up to 500+ pupils)
Protecting your students online – Presentation for adults (parents, teachers, youth workers, safeguarding officers etc.)
Social Media law workshop sessions – In-depth group session with fictional examples for discussion (for between 6 and 30 pupils)
Social Media in court – Court room role play session defending/prosecuting social media case studies (for between 6 and 30 pupils)
Subject specific social media law sessions – e.g. for business students, media and journalism students or law students at GCSE or A-Level
“The workshop provided was, without doubt, one of the best we have had from an ‘outside provider’. Our pupils all have Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, as well as a range of learning difficulties. This can make for a challenging audience for any presenter! The materials provided by Holly were tailored to meet the needs of the pupils. They had lots of opportunities to give their thoughts and opinions and these were dealt with effectively and sensitively by Holly. When pupils went off-track, she was able to bring them back to the subject matter and re-engage them. The pupils and staff were all impressed with the content, delivery and relevance of the workshop. Thank you for bringing a difficult topic into the here and now for us.” – Jo Nunn (St Nicholas School)
“The tutor instantly developed a good rapport with our students as she took them through the issues of keeping safe and using social media sites appropriately. Our students learnt a lot and could later recall the main points of libel, harassment and the dangers of speaking to strangers. Students interacted with each other as they discussed their outcomes. We would definitely use the tutor again – she used clear language, explaining things well with concrete examples that our students could relate to.” – Julie Taylor (KS4 Manager at Limpsfield Grange)
“Students found the day really informative and found the facts about copyright laws and libel / defamation really useful. Many students found the case studies really informative and this highlighted to our students consequences when using social websites to be derogatory towards others. I felt this day was invaluable to all involved, there was something for us all to learn and take away from this. As Subject leader for PSHE I will endeavour to deliver sessions on social media law and ethics on an annual basis to ensure all of our students are informed and aware of how to use the internet safely.” – Nicola Woodroffe (Therfield School)
“Your presentation was thought provoking, hard hitting and informative, it has stimulated some great discussion between both students and staff. Our students found it supportive and helped them to realise what they ‘need to know’ and most importantly ‘be aware of’.” – Robert Coombes, Deputy Headteacher at Broadwater School
“Having a journalist deliver the workshop made it more meaningful and helped engage the students. The content was hard hitting, and has certainly provoked some useful discussion with students and staff. Feedback from the students was very positive. They feel that they now have more understanding of how they can “keep out of trouble” and also appreciate why sometimes it is a good thing to allow a trusted adult to monitor on-line behaviour.” -Annie Welch, Home School Link Worker at Gosden House School
“Last year I commissioned Eagle Radio to undertake a large-scale campaign on our behalf to include all state funded senior schools in Surrey to engage young people in, and educate them about the risks involved in the use of social media. I am aware that Holly Powell-Jones has led this project and delivered dozens of assemblies and engagement events across Surrey over the last few months as part of this project. Further, I am aware that she authored the script for each scenario, devised the style necessary for each audience and has continually made efforts to suit style of content and delivery to individual audiences.
“I personally witnessed such efforts last month at a ‘Special Needs School’ in Farnham, Surrey, where I was impressed at her energy and commitment to a group of young people who were slightly more challenging to engage with, in terms of teaching/facilitation style. In my opinion as a qualified youth worker and ex-trainer the lesson plan, execution and learning/teaching style were excellent and absolutely right for the audience.” – Jeff Harris, former Deputy PCC for Surrey