There’s no denying it, the role technology plays in our classrooms is growing every day. With the majority of this progression based online, people often ask “but how do we know it’s safe?”.
Duty of care
Every school has a duty of care to its students to ensure safety is embraced across all aspects of school life and beyond. This often involves educating not just in the classroom through PSHE or dedicated days, but also outside the school and into the home environment through a variety of channels and approaches. Taking this into account, many schools have appointed an eSafety Lead/ or Coordinator.
Developing an eSafety culture
The day-to-day tasks of the co-ordinator may vary, but primarily they will be involved in developing an eSafety culture throughout the school as part of safeguarding. This will be in line with national best practice recommendations.
Ensuring that eSafety is clearly identified and established as part of the roles and responsibilities of the management/senior leadership team and governing body will also be a priority. They may also lead staff training and act as the point of contact on all eSafety issues, liaising with other members of staff as appropriate.
Keeping up to date
Clearly eSafety and safeguarding go hand in hand, so this is a vital role within the school infrastructure. Keeping abreast of current research, legislation and trends in national policy and ‘horizon scanning’ for developments and trends within e-safety culture is essential.
Age-appropriate internet safety curriculum
Many schools will develop this role alongside a computer science or IT teaching position. For others, it may fall to a senior member of staff or the network manager. However it is designed, the key component is communication.
Ensuring that there is an age and ability appropriate internet safety curriculum that is embedded, progressive, flexible and relevant is a key feature of the role. The curriculum should engage children and promote their ability to use technology responsibly and to keep themselves and others safe online.
This can take many forms including leading the school in participating in local and national events to promote positive online behaviour, e.g. Safer Internet Day.
As with everything safeguarding, it’s the whole school community’s job to protect our young people, not just the designated lead’s!
How our Certified School Programme meets your needs as an eSafety Coordinator
As an eSafety Coordinator, we know it’s not always easy to stay on top of the latest policy changes in online safety. We know it can be a struggle to implement online safety in curriculum planning or to engage senior leaders, staff colleagues and parents in matters relating to eSafety. We know access to training can often be a struggle.
Our ‘Annual Online Safety Course for Online Safety Leads, DSLs & Deputy DSLs’ will outline your responsibilities as a designated safeguarding lead in relation to online safety, as well as providing a breakdown of key policy requirements, potential online dangers that children could face and much more. Click here to book onto the course.
A perfect solution
Our Certified School Programme brings all school’s online safety needs under one umbrella and is the perfect solution to help support and implement:
- It responds to DfE statutory guidance, including ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) 2019’, ‘Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education 2019’ and ‘Teaching Online Safety in Schools 2018’.
- It enables schools to carry out specialist training for DSLs, all school staff, governors, pupils and parents/carers. It includes the only CACHE endorsed parents and carers online safety course in the UK – helping to develop and implement an eSafety culture across the whole school.
- It provides age-appropriate lesson resources and interactive video lesson plans which have been designed to engage young children in online safety and make learning fun, creative and memorable. All of our lesson plans have been designed to complement the new RSHE curriculum, from EYFS through to KS1-KS4, and cover all the risks outlined in the UKCCIS Education for a Connected World Framework.
- It provides access to our complete library of ‘WakeUpWednesday’ guides which provide expert advice and guidance on the latest platforms and online risks that parents and carers need to know about – helping to support eSafety coordinators and online safety leads in encouraging parents to embed classroom learning at home and outside of school.
- It provides access to our full suite of webinars on internet safety and our monthly online safety update newsletter which helps to keep eSafety Coordinators abreast of news in the online world and the latest risks.
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Posted by Aggi Doughty