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eSafety School Policies


​Reviewing your eSafety provision

Policy and strategy (example documents)​

This is the latest version of a complete policy template for schools that will replace for the 2008 example policy below. Appendices are pending and due shortly.

Acceptable Use Agreements

Additional materials and guidance
More Resources

There are further sections on LGfL that schools will find useful in developing and implementing policy. 

Data Security

Staff Training Materials
 

​Using technology safely in schools and at home

Making it happen – A practical guide and resources for schools

 

Introduction

This set of resources aims to implement the government’s eSafety strategy. It highlights the key issues and provides practical guidance, training and advice for schools on how to use technologies as safely as possible. Also included are suggestion on how to advise parents and carers on the use of ICT outside of school.

The Technologies

ICT in the 21st Century has an all-encompassing role within the lives of children and adults. New technologies are enhancing communication and the sharing of information. Technologies are emerging all the time.

The Issues and Risks

As in any other area of life, children and young people are vulnerable and may expose themselves to danger – knowingly or unknowingly – when using the Internet and other digital technologies. Examples of e-safety issues include:
  • exposure to inappropriate material
  • bullying via websites and mobile phones
  • the threat of danger from making contact with a criminal minority via chat rooms and social networking sites

Research, from the UK Children Go Online of 9-19 year olds use of the Internet between 2003-2005 concluded

“…the risks do not merit a moral panic, and nor do they warrant seriously restricting children’s internet use because this would deny them the many benefits of the internet. Indeed there are real costs to lacking access of sufficient skills to use it. However, the risks are nonetheless widespread, they are experienced by many children as worrying or problematic, and they do warrant serious intervention by Government, educators, industry and parents.”

A strategic whole school approach

Guidance from Becta notes that creating a safe ICT learning environment must include:

  • An infrastructure of whole school awareness, designated responsibilities, policies and procedures
  • An effective range of technological tools;
  • A comprehensive Internet safety education programme for the whole school community.

Reference: Becta - E-safety Developing whole-school policies to support effective practice

Roles and Responsibilities

  • E-safety should be recognised as an essential aspect of strategic leadership and headteachers, with the support of governors, should take a lead in embedding safe Internet practices into the culture of the school.
  • Becta recommend that the responsibility of Internet safety be designated to a member of the senior management team and need not necessarily sit with the ICT co-ordinator, for the purpose of the document Becta designates this role as eSafety co-ordinator.

Guidance, Policies and Procedures

Managing the safe use of all technologies in school, and advising parents of issues to consider outside of school, needs to be clearly separated. Account should be taken of E-safety in the following policies, resources and guidance:

  • Teaching and Learning;
  • Anti-bullying;
  • Child Protection;
  • Acceptable Use of ICT
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The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission and has three main functions: An Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline.
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Safer Internet Day (SID) is a great opportunity to raise awareness in schools about e-safety issues. The UK Safer Internet Centre runs this event annually with lots of suggestions , resources and ideas available online to support schools.
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BeatBullying is the UK's leading bullying prevention charity, creating a world where bullying, violence and harassment are unacceptable. 
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CyberMentorsCyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online. If you're being bullied, or are feeling a bit low, or are maybe troubled by something and you're not sure what to do or who to talk to, then CyberMentors is where you can go for help. 
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London Safeguarding Children​ Board - The London Child Protection Procedures

The London Child Protection Procedures ​are considered to be the definitive reference for safegaurding issues and are adopted as statuatory guidance for London LAs.

CEOP - Child exploitation and online protection centre

April 2006 saw the launch of the UK's new Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. The CEOP Centre is based in London and combines children's charities, industry, government and other interested parties to bring an all encompassing approach to protecting children from sexual abuse.

​Childnet International

Childnet is a registered charity with the mission to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. Internet safety leaflets are free to parents and a host of other internet safety information and resources are available from the Childnet International website. Also features the useful resource "Jenny's Story".

While Becta was with us, many useful guides were published.

​Becta - Developing a whole school internet policy

This publication looks at the importance of ensuring a safe ICT learning environment; developing a whole-school approach to internet safety; and creating an infrastructure for whole-school awareness.

Becta Safeguarding Materials  
This resource for schools can now be found in the National Archives

 

​Child Protection Taskforce

The Internet Task Force for Child Protection on the Internet aims to make the UK the best and safest place in the world for children to use the Internet, and to help protect children the world over from abuse fuelled by criminal misuse of new technologies

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​Here you will find a series of short and useful guides to a variety of eSafety issues that affect schools produced by the LGfL eSafety Group. (www.1mg.lgfl.net)

 LGfL 1MG - 1 Minute Guide - Websites - (Nov 2014)
A summary of the new regulations regarding information on school websites.​​

 LGfL 1MG - 1 Minute​ Guide - Guidance for Governors​ - (May 2014)
A summary of useful advice and issues that Governors need to be aware of.​

LGfL 1MG - Geotagging of Photographs and Child Protection (Mar 2014)
Useful explanations of how to turn off geolocation on the most common devices.
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​Resource ​​Description​ Notes from ​Teachers
Inappropriate Gaming Lette​r 1​ ​This letter template can be used if you become aware that a child is playing an ‘18’ rated game.
Template Letter 1
​This is a useful one off letter to start a conversation with parents, particularly of you think the parents are unaware of the age ratings of games.  
Inappropriate Gaming Letter 2​ ​This letter template can be used to send out to parents when you know a popular ’18’ game is due to be released. 
Template Letter 2​
​Parents get a lot of pressure from their children to buy games which are not appropriate and some parents are not very aware of the age ratings. There is a real hype around some game releases and queues at games shops and supermarkets are not uncommon.