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Annex D: Online Safety

Information and support

There is a wealth of information available to support schools, colleges and parents/carers to keep children safe online. The following list is not exhaustive but should provide a useful starting point:

Advice for governing bodies/proprietors and senior leaders

  • Childnet provide guidance for schools on cyberbullying;
  • Educateagainsthate provides practical advice and support on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation;
  • London Grid for Learning provides advice on all aspects of a school or college’s online safety arrangements;
  • NSPCC provides advice on all aspects of a school or college’s online safety arrangements;
  • Safer recruitment consortium “guidance for safe working practice”, which may help ensure staff behaviour policies are robust and effective;
  • Searching screening and confiscation is departmental advice for schools on searching children and confiscating items such as mobile phones;
  • South West Grid for Learning provides advice on all aspects of a school or college’s online safety arrangements;
  • Use of social media for online radicalisation - A briefing note for schools on how social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq;
  • UK Council for Internet Safety have provided advice on, and an Online Safety Audit Tool to help mentors of trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers induct mentees and provide ongoing support, development and monitoring;
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) Online safety guidance if you own or manage an online platform provides practical steps on how companies can embed safety into the design of their online platforms. It offers information on common platform features and functions (such as private messaging) and their risks, as well as steps that can be taken to manage that risk;
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) A business guide for protecting children on your online platform provides guidance to businesses on how to protect children on their online platform. It outlines existing regulatory requirements and provides best practice advice on how to protect children’s personal data, ensure content is appropriate for the age of users, ensure positive user-to-user interactions and address child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Remote education, virtual lessons and live streaming

Support for children

Parental support

  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support;
  • Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents;
  • Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying;
  • Government advice about security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable content, and parental controls;
  • Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world;
  • Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation;
  • London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online;
  • Stopitnow resource from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online);
  • National Crime Agency/CEOP Thinkuknow provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online;
  • Net-aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games;
  • Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online;
  • Parent info from Parentzone and the National Crime Agency provides support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations;
  • UK Safer Internet Centre provide tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online.