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Safeguarding Resources for parents

Keeping young children safe online

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SWGfL has pioneered work in the field of Internet safety since 2003 with huge success. The organisation and its partners work tirelessly to ensure that not only children across the South West are safer whilst online but also their parents and those working with them, where ever they are.

South West Grid for Learning

Thinkuknow website

To find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology.

Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it.

Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

All the information here is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

CEOP – Keeping your child safe online

internetmatters.org

Digital Parenting Magazine – Issue 6

Childnet International

A non-profit organisation working with others to ‘help make the Internet a great and safe place for children’.
This website gives news and background to Childnet’s work and serves as a portal to Childnet’s award-winning projects.

Childnet

Get Safe Online

School receives award for E-Safety

Assessors from the South West Grid for Learning visited on 4th May 2016 to review the school’s e-safety provision. The Assessors met school staff, parents Governors, pupils and were pleased to find that the school provides a high level of protection for users of the new technologies.

The South West Grid for Learning Trust provides the internet connection and a range of other services to schools across the SW region and is in the forefront of national developments in e-safety.

To enhance these services, they have developed a tool to help schools address e-safety issues, not least the changes to Ofsted inspections, which include a stronger focus on safeguarding.

The online tool allows schools to evaluate their e-safety policy and practice and then suggests how the school might do more to protect young people and staff.

To apply for the 360 degree safe E-Safety Mark, schools have to reach a series of benchmark levels when they complete the online self review. The evidence is then verified by a visit from experienced Assessors.

The prime benefit of using the review and applying for the E-Safety Mark is that it does not focus on the individual aspects of e-safety such as technological solutions, but instead it integrates e-safety into school policy and the curriculum, challenging teachers and managers in the school to think about their provision and its continual evolution.

Schools are expected to show that they have provided a high standard of e-safety education and awareness for all staff, pupils and also for parents and carers, to ensure that these users of the new technologies can be safe online – whether they are in school, in their homes or out and about using mobile phones or other handheld devices.

Ron Richards, Lead Assessor for the 360 degree safe E-Safety Mark congratulated the school on its success and commented that it was re-assuring to know that the school had put a lot of thought and effort into improving the on-line safety of the staff and young people, by addressing these important safeguarding issues.