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.
Role of the online safety coordinator
Effective online safety group
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Advisory Incident Flowchart
eLIM Online Safety Advisory Incident 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:
provide support mechanism for other pupils
help organise special events such as Safer Internet Day (February), Anti-bullying week (November)
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
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.