Being online is an integral part of children and young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets – all of which form a part of children and young people’s online world.
The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.
E-safety should form a fundamental part of schools’ safeguarding and child protection measures.
Having a whole school approach helps ensure staff, governors, volunteers and parents teach children about online safety.
What we should do
Schools have a dual responsibility when it comes to e-safety: to ensure the school’s online procedures keep children and young people safe, and to teach them about online safety, in and outside of school.
Our school fosters an open environment in which children and young people are encouraged to ask any questions and participate in an ongoing conversation about the benefits and dangers of the online world. One way in which we do this is by having an E-Safety group in school to seek the children's views and to develop their understanding of how to keen themselves safe in a modern world.
Our information and resources will help you to:
- create e-safety policies and procedures that will help you mitigate risk and respond to concerns
- ensure teachers have the knowledge to teach students about e-safety
- provide advice on using social media and live streaming
- support and include parents and carers by sharing helpful advice and resources
- review and update safety provision on an ongoing basis.