​​Online safety is an essential part of a school's safeguarding responsibilities. The leadership of this area is a key role within a school.


The Designated Safeguarding Lead will have overall responsibility for online safety.  They will work in conjunction with an Online Safety Co-ordinator who can drive forward policy and curriculum development, together with leading the online safety group in a school.

Support documents

Role of the online safety coordinator

Effective online safety group


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Advisory Incident Flowchart

eLIM Online Safety Advis​​ory In​cident Flowchart​

Build confidence of staff and pupils to know the process and to report incidents

Involving learners in Online Safety

Online safety is an area where learners must be involved and able to influence the policies and practices in a school.  There is no one correct way to do this. Each school will have its own ethos and atmosphere that will influence how this is implemented.

  • involve them in discussions to agree rules for responsible use of technology
  • have cyber helpers to support others in the school
  • acknowledge and reward responsible use of technology through school reward process
  • create a pupil online safety group that is part of your wider online safety group, actions may include:
    • discuss online safety matters and actions to keep peers safe
    • provide support mechanism for other pupils
    • help organise special events such as Safer Internet Day (February), Anti-bullying week (November)
    • distribute guides on parents evenings
    • lead assemblies
    • give presentations to other classes and groups such as Governors
    • take part in partnership or county online safety events

Pupil Voice ​

Our surveys and pupil voice questions, from our ActiveBYTE online safety curriculum, offer the opportunity for teachers to gather learners' views about technology and to ensure trends and issues can be identified:
    • Key Stage 1 pupil survey  Word    PDF    
    • Key Stage 2 pupil survey  Word    PDF    
    • Foundation Stage Home Survey  Word  PDF
    • Pupil Voice Questions (FS - KS5) Word  PDF 
Click the link to watch our Pupil Voice Videos about Wellbeing Online from March 2019. ​ 

Partnership with Parents ​

‘Partnership with Parents’ was a project, facilitated by the eLIM team. A working group of Somerset schools planned and trialled strategies to work with parents and carers to help keep children safe online. The outcome of the project provides a range strategies, based on research and discussion, to support families in a range of circumstances.