Online Safety

Safeguarding children and young people while they enjoy and develop their relationship with technology is important to us. All of us need to be mindful of both the benefits and issues that arise from the fast paced development of technology within our society.

In this section we have collected resources and information from the network of specialists in this field at regional and national level.

SEGfL participates in the NEN Safeguarding Group. This group works collectively on all matters related to Online Safety for schools and helps disseminate good practice and safeguarding trends down to local level through our local authorities. SWGfL lead this group and are one of the key organisations in supporting schools in Online Safety in the UK and internationally.

National Online Safety Guidance

UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS)

New- “Education for a Connected World Framework” The framework describes the digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives.

Online safety in schools and colleges- Questions for the Governing Board Questions to help governing bodies support their school leaders to keep children safe online.

Using external visitors to support online education  Draft document to help educational settings ensure that online safety education sessions delivered by external visitors are effective.

Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people which aims to support DSLs in tackling the range of issues which these incidents present. The document includes responding to disclosures, handling devices and imagery, risk assessing situations, involving other agencies and reporting imagery to providers. It also contains information about preventative education and advice regarding working with parents.

New- Overview of Sexting Guidance that DSLs may find useful to share with others in their setting.

DfE “Keeping Children Safe in Education “

The original 2016 guidance highlights specific statutory responsibilities for Governing bodies and leaders regarding online safety within Annex C. Key updates include:

  • The requirement for online safety to be viewed as a safeguarding issue (and therefore the responsibility of the Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • All staff must be provided with appropriate online safety training
  • The need for school leaders to ensure there is appropriate filtering and monitoring in place
  • Policies must recognise a range of online safety issues, including cyberbullying, sexting and acceptable use of technologies
  • Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure children are taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum.

A new updated version of the guidance was published in May 2018. Kent County Council have documented the changes and requirements with regard to online safety and they can be found here.