Welcome to the Saferweb Schools page, this page will provide schools with essential knowledge regarding e-safety within Schools to protect students whilst online.
The Internet opens up new opportunities for teaching and learning and is the best resource used today, but this means thinking of the risks of using this resource and how to protect students. This page sets out basic good practice for keeping students safe.
Ten Essential Guidelines for Schools
1. Develop an e-safety policy
- Develop a policy that staff and students should abide to when they are online, click the link to for guidelines on how to develop an e-safety policy. How to Develop an E-Safety policy
2. Develop an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
3. Deploy an E-Safe software solution on all school computers i.e. firewalls, filtering, site blocking
- An e-safe software solution is the best way to keep staff and students safe whilst their browsing the Internet, software such as filtering will block out inappropriate website that can put a learner at risk, this is a must in all school computer systems.
4. Staff training and development on E-Safety and Safeguarding children
- Make staff aware of the risks/dangers of the online world, as they are working first-hand with the students and can spot potential students as risks and keep them safe.
5. Employ an E-Safety staff committee within school
- The idea of the staff e-safety committee is to support and promote e-safety within the school and community, also to provide input in creating safe ICT working environments for all digital learners and educators. The staff E-safety committee would directly feed into any ICT policies and suggest changes / improvements with regards to E-safety.
6. E-Safe student assemblies
- Students assemblies are the best way to get the message across to students of the dangers/risks of the Internet and in particular social networking websites, such as Facebook, Myspace, Bebo etc... The best strategy is to speak to each year group separately and show official videos provided by CEOP and talk about the dangers of social networking site and make them aware of the CEOP website and how they can report incidents.
7. E-Safe Parent coffee mornings or night
- Invite parents/governors into school for a morning or night and talk to them about the dangers/risks that their children face online, talk to them about social networking websites, familiarize them with these sites and encourage them to sign up. Show them videos from CEOPs website and explain them what your school is doing to keep their children safe whilst their online in school.
8. E-Safe parents letter/booklet
- Some parents might not be able to attend the talks therefore produce an e-safety letter and booklet explaining what your school is doing and how your protecting their children and send it out to all parents.
9. CEOP link on students desktop
- Place a shortcut on all students desktop that links to the CEOP website, so students can easily find the report abuse button if an incident occurs.
10. E-Safety posters around site
- Design posters and stick them up in all computer suites around your school, so that it’s a consent reminder to students of the risks of using the Internet.