Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 - Annex C: Online Safety
The government has updated the statutory guidance for schools Keeping Children Safe in Education in September 2016. This extended the existing safeguarding guidelines for schools and added specific guidelines for Online Safety which were included in a new Annex C that states;
"The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Child sexual exploitation; radicalisation; sexual predation: technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. An effective approach to online safety empowers a school or college to protect and educate the whole school or college community in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene in and escalate any incident where appropriate." (Keeping Children Safe in Eduation, September 2016)
Annex C then goes on to give specific guidance on Filters and Monitoring and Staff Training. At Foxdell we are meeting the requirements of Annex C by;
- filtering all online access within school using RM Safetynet. This powerful software automatically blocks a range of proscribed content and provides a wide range of reports for the school to monitor usage of online services. RM Safetynet applies a range of filters centrally covering a range of extreme content. In addition, there are additional filter lists set up by the Local Authority based on collaboration with local schools. Finally the school itself has the ability to set up its own filter lists for additional sites that it would like to restrict access to. To avoid 'over blocking' and unreasonable restrictions, the school also has the ability to over ride some filters in place to allow access to specific sites where needed for educational purposes. An example of this in use may be allowing pupils to access a specific You Tube video to support learning though wider access to You Tube is blocked.
- monitoring of pupils online access is also provided by Impero which provides a suite of tools that allows teachers to monitor pupils use of technology within lessons.
- as all filtering and monitoring solutions are not fail safe, we back up these structural provisions with a whole school approach to teaching pupils how to be effective digital citizens with the knowledge to safely use the vast range of technologies that are now available to them. Digital Leaders and e-Cadets are pupil groups that are at the forefront of promoting online safety in school. All pupils also receive a range of online safety teaching within Computing lessons to ensure that they are able to make appropriate decisions when online.
- all staff receive annual safeguarding training which includes their responsibilities regarding online safety and their use of technology within school. In addition, the school subscribes to EduCare online training and all teaching and support staff will have taken the Online Safety Level 2 course by July 2017.
You can access an online copy of Keeping Children Safe in Education here.
For more information on RM Safetynet click here.
To learn more about Impero click here.
Online Safety support for parents
Technology has become an ever more important part of our lives over the last decade. We use it every day for study, work, entertainment, shopping and getting in touch with our family and friends. It is one of the quickest and easiest ways of finding information, sharing ideas and working collaboratively.
As a parent, the growth of technology and online resources has made it harder than ever to keep children safe online. As well as opportunities, there are also risks that we need to be aware of and guard against. As children get older they spend more and more of their waking hours connected to digital devices—impacting their reputations, learning opportunities, and futures.
At Foxdell we are committed to supporting our parents in understanding what their children are doing online and providing them with advice to help their children stay safe online.
This area is designed to provide parents with links to important information and links to a variety of different websites to help them understand how to support their children whilst navigating an ever changing online world.
YouTube - Parent Factsheet
The ever growing world of online gaming is one of the areas where parents are most concerned about their children's safety. Check out our Online Gaming page for resources to help you ensure you know the risks and can support your children to stay safe when gaming online.
A series of 3 cartoons aimed at teaching children how to share content and interact with others online safely.
This may be an American site, but don't let that put you off. A real Aladdin's cave of useful information for any parent. Common Sense rate a vast range of games, books and online media to help you to understand the risks your child might be exposed too. A great community with lots of advice from other parents to help you decide if Dragon Quest VII, World Of Warcaft: Legion or thousands of others are acceptable for your child.
A key voice in keeping children safe online, Childnet's Parents and Carers section has a lot of excellent support for parents looking for help and advice.
Get to the heart of the biggest issues affecting children online. From cyberbullying to social media and beyond, these handy guides will quickly get you up to speed on the key issues.
An excellent source of up to date advice and support for parents.
Helping you support your child in understanding the skills required to share information online safely.