E-safety advice for schools

Here are some top tips on e-safety for schools. You can also download E-Safety Tips for Schools poster to use in your school.

1.Your school’s e-safety policy should include:

  • Implementation of a secure network and broadband throughout the school
  • Use of internet filters, information system security and virus protection
  • Passwords for accessing all ICT, mobile devices, internet and networks

Remind children that the smartphone or tablet should be a slave to you, not the other way around!”
Headteacher, Secondary School

2. Review the e-safety policy each term:

  • Awareness of privacy settings increases during secondary school: 71% of year 7s and 94% of sixth formers say they know how to change privacy settings
  • Designate an experienced member of staff to do this and visit
  • Techknowledge for Schools website for updates on eSafety advice. Technology, devices and applications are constantly updating and changing; ensure your school remains up to date e.g. look at wearable technology, passwords, personal information, safe use of images, infrastructure and social media.

By embracing the benefits mobile technology can bring to learning, you open the door to educating young people about when such technology is not the best tool to use, helping young people to control their use of technology not be controlled by it.”
Headteacher, Community Science College

3. Involve pupils in the e-safety policy:

  • Our research shows that active involvement in policy making encourages safe use of the internet
  • Appoint pupils as eSafety champions; give them training in safe internet use
  • Encourage peer-to-peer support, learning and dialogue amongst pupils to discuss eSafety and use of the internet at school and home

Digital exploration is powerful and rewarding, but like any tool, mobile devices must be used purposefully to empower learning.”
School Headteacher, Girls’ Secondary

4. Ensure e-safety is part of any lesson that involves technology:

  • Explain acceptable and safe use and ask pupils to sign a formal agreement before using an internet enabled device in school. Discuss how to respond to offensive messages, hurtful communication or inappropriate messages.
  • Teach how to protect personal data online and how to protect a device from viruses and spam.

Never post anything too personal.By all means do not be restricted from having a good time but respect that the internet holds some pretty scary stuff. Be smart when on the internet and think about what you are doing.”
Year 11 Boy

5. Regularly update staff, parents and governors on e-safety policy:

  • Ensure staff, governors and parents know the e-safety policy
  • The school website, newsletters and social media are useful ways to keep all updated on eSafety developments
  • Termly e-safety workshops encourage dialogue between pupil, parent and school; involve parents when mobile technology is used for homework

Be smart to be safe. Don’t know someone, don’t add them. Feel uncomfortable? Log out and tell someone. Don’t bottle up any feelings about your safety. Also, don’t take things too personally or seriously; if you don’t let things bother you, they won’t and you’ll be a lot happier. Always be nice to others online, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t bother saying anything.”
Sixth Form Girl

Our posters for you and your students to download:

eSafety for Schools 07.10.15_001

Stay Safe Online – E-Safety Advice for Schools

Stay Safe Online Poster

Stay Safe Online – Top Ten Tips for Young People

Too Much Time Online Charter - By Students for Students

Too Much Time Online Charter – By Students for Students

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