Ofsted defines e-safety as: “The school’s ability to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology and to have the appropriate mechanisms to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.”
All teachers have a duty of care to the pupils they teach and are legally responsible for all aspects of pupil safety, including online safety, whilst in school. Any activity involving internet use needs to be carefully planned and assessed for risk to minimise the possibility of an e-safety incident.
If a child points out inappropriate, bullying or illegal content, teachers should be aware of the procedures to report and remove the offending content. You should familiarize yourself with the school’s procedure for reporting e-Safety concerns (such as breaches of filtering, cyberbullying, illegal content etc.). All concerns should be discussed with an e-safety officer.
The Designated Safeguarding Officer should be informed immediately of any e-Safety incidents involving Child Protection concerns, which will then be escalated appropriately following the school policy and procedures.
Teachers working for TimePlan are encouraged to visit the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre website, register and read through the Thinkuknow programme which provides a range of free educational resources – films, lesson plans, presentations, practitioner guidance, games and posters – to professionals working with children and young people. Through the use of these educational materials you can help to empower and protect young people from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation,both online and off.
Think You Know:
Kids rules for online safety:
Child Exploitation and Online Protection:
Get Safe Online:
TimePlan encourages their teachers to complete the e-learning for professionals course:
Keeping Children Safe online (KCSO):
This course will help you understand how children use the internet and other digital technology. It’s a joint initiative between the NSPCC and the NCA’s CEOP command, aimed at any organisation or professional working with children. It aims to help teachers to think about the issues that young people face online and the challenge that they, as teachers, have as professionals to protect and educate them. Its aim being to review the provision that teachers have in place and signpost teachers to further help, support and advice. TimePlan provides a toolkit for their teachers to use when addressing any issues and ultimately recommends teachers use the CEOP’s reporting site when required:
Download TimePlan’s Technology and e-Safety Guide: