Government guidance across the UK highlights the importance of safeguarding pupils from harmful and inappropriate online material (Department for Education, 2019a; Department of Education (Northern Ireland), 2017; Scottish Government, 2017; Welsh Government, 2015). This includes material accessed through devices such as computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, as well as platforms such as social media and online games.
In England, the Department for Education (DfE) has published non-statutory guidance on teaching online safety in school (PDF). (DfE, 2019b)
A whole school approach to e-safety helps ensure staff, governors and parents are able to teach children about staying safe when using internet technologies. It also helps make sure pupils themselves know how to behave responsibly online.
Our information and resources can help you:
- make sure your staff and volunteers are confident in online safety, identifying and responding to concerns
- teach children and young people the skills to stay safe online
- share helpful advice and resources with parents and carers
- develop robust e-safety policies and procedures, IT infrastructure and support
- regularly review and improve your e-safety provision.