Accredited internet law diploma
- £294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
- 3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
- Cleland Thom
- Duration / hours:
- Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
- ABC | EADL | ABCC | IADL
- ABC Awards certificate of achievement | CMP diploma
- Awarding body:
- ABC awards
I enrolled as I was had previously failed both NCTJ law exams, and felt that I needed extra guidance and advice. The help given was constructive and clear on how to improve, and the assignments were marked and returned very quickly. Money well spent!
Emma Binks: internet law course
An essential course for anyone who wants to avoid the legal pitfalls of social media. An easy to follow, common sense style. Enrol now and don’t become the defendant.
Paul Horrocks: internet law course
It is quite clear that most of us are rather ignorant of the laws regarding our use of the internet. This course perfectly explains all you need to know in a language that is easy to understand.
Graham Dene: internet law course
If you are not satisfied after you have completed your course, we will refund your fee – no questions asked. See details
Our internet law course will ensure you avoid the costly legal pitfalls associated with publishing content online.
Many people rush in to publishing a blog, launching a commercial website or posting other web content without understanding the laws governing such material.
Our online internet law course equips you with the knowledge you need to comply with all relevant laws and regulations.
While our course is essential for anyone who writes, publishes or is otherwise responsible for online content, it could be of particular benefit to:
- freelance writers and journalists who post material on online and on social media platforms
- new and established bloggers
- business owners and marketing professionals who publish and maintain a commercial website
Our comprehensive internet law course will ensure you understand:
- the laws which apply to the main social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook
- how to comply with copyright law
- the essential elements of a commercial website to ensure its legal compliance
- how laws relating to print journalists and editors also apply to internet publications
- issues relating to libel under the Defamation Act 2013
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At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards, and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the subjects you have completed as part of the course.
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme
We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma, which is recognised throughout many different industries, and will enable you to apply for jobs, or gain regular freelance work.
This course covers everything you need to know to stay legal online
Lesson 01: Twitter
- Define the laws that apply to Twitter users
- List the dangers you, or your organisation, face when using Twitter
Lesson 02: Facebook
- Explain the legal and ethical risks associated with Facebook.
- Solve common legal problems involving Facebook
- Run a legally safe Facebook page
Lesson 03: Message boards
- Explain the legal dangers presented by user generated content on message boards
- Operate message boards safely
Lesson 04: Essential website content
- List the components required by law for commercial websites, including disclaimers and T&Cs
- Ensure that your website is legally compliant
Lesson 05: Right of replies
- Define what various laws require with right of replies
- Phrase right of replies safely
Lesson 06: A journalist’s sources
- Explain the laws and codes that affect a journalist's sources
- Protect your sources in the online environment
Lesson 07: Links
- Explain the EU regulations relating to cookies
- Ensure website is legally compliant
Lesson 08: Online archives
- Explain the legal and ethical dangers associated with online archives
- Operate an online archive safely
- Archive your own digital data legally and securely
Lesson 09: Contempt of court
- Define the ways a journalist and the media can be in contempt of court
- Apply contempt of court laws to ensure online content is legally compliant
Lesson 10: Sexual offences and FGM
- List the restrictions that apply to alleged victims of sexual offences and female genital mutilation
- Ensure online content is legally compliant
Lesson 11: Libel
- Explain how the Defamation Act 2013 affects online content
- Ensure online content is legally safe
Lesson 12: Copyright
- Explain how copyright laws affect website content
- Ensure online content is legally compliant
How you could benefit from internet law training
There is a common misconception that because the internet is open to everyone, there are few rules governing its use.
In fact, there are many laws which apply to websites and online content.
Our internet law course will teach you how to avoid such potentially damaging issues as:
- failing to provide the right disclaimers or T&Cs on your website
- obtaining or storing data incorrectly
- infringing copyright by unlawfully using someone else’s words or images
- leaving yourself or your organisation open to a defamation claim
We understand that learning about the law can be dry and abstract, so we offer simple how-to explanations and practical real-world advice.
Former Capital Radio breakfast presenter, Graham Dene, believes our online internet law traininge "perfectly explains all you need to know in a language that is easy to understand". See his review
If you write, post or manage online content, don’t leave legal compliance to chance.
Our comprehensive internet law course equips you with the essential knowledge you need to avoid the costs and reputational damage falling foul of the law can bring.
Course tutor: Cleland Thom
Group editor | lecturer | blogger | legal advisor | mentor
Independent |BBC |M.E.N. Media |Archant |Newsquest | Trinity Mirror
Cleland is recognised as one of the leading trainers and consultants in media law.
He has delivered in-house courses for every UK media group, and is the Press Gazette's legal blogger
He is author of several books, including Internet law for journalists, and gives legal advise to a number of media groups and corporations.
He will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.
This course gets results
Our graduates get articles published most days. Many of them have gone on to become successful freelancers, and make a good living from writing.
And don't take our word for it:
You will have access to our Online Learning Area, where you can:
- download course materials
- submit assignments
- use our college libraries and resources
- chat to other students
- keep up-to-date with college news
Our turn-around time for marking work is three working days. We usually provide same-day tutorial support on weekdays.
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When you finish
When you complete the course, you will receive two respected qualifications:
These recognised awards will add value to your CV, as well as help you spot legal problems and solve them safely.
What you need to study internet law
- access to a computer, tablet or similar device
- internet access
- Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages
- an email account
An essential course for anyone who wants to avoid the legal pitfalls of social media. An easy to follow, common sense style. Enrol now and don’t become the defendant. Paul Horrocks. Former editor, Manchester Evening News.
It is quite clear that most of us are rather ignorant of the laws regarding our use of the internet. This course perfectly explains all you need to know in a language that is easy to understand. Graham Dene. Former presenter, Capital Radio.