Just a quick blog post to share that it’s not just the sun making today exciting. All our policies have been updated for September and are live now at safepolicies.lgfl.net – they are free and open access for the benefit of all schools, so spread the word. There is the main online-safety policy to go with or in your main safeguarding policy, plus AUPs for parents, pupils in different key stages and a symbolised one, as well as ones for staff, governors, contractors, social media and more.
Have a look as you redraft and update policies for September in the light of the new KCSIE and more remote teaching to come in case of future bubble or school closures (plus of course individual isolation and quarantine). Make sure to do it all safely and let best-practice drive your policy, to in turn drive your practice.
Whats new, what’s changed, and how can you use the updated framework to help keep children safe in our ever-changing digital world?
Additions such as voice-activated searching, upskirting, social influencers and deepfakes, plus the use of banter and a more in-depth focus on digital consent, sexting-related technology and protected characteristics make Education for a Connected World – 2020 the ideal framework to use for your online-safety curriculum and whole-school approach.
Rather than write more about it, we met up for a chat with one of the authors to find out what it’s all about, what’s changed in the new edition and how it ties in with the new statutory RSHE curriculum.
So why not have a listen to Mubina in conversation with Penny Patterson from Havering School Improvement Services, sits on the UKCIS (UK Council for Internet Safety) Education Working Group with us. Penny was one of many experts who contributed to both this and the previous versions; she has been a longstanding friend of LGfL (and safeguarding board stalwart).
And then for further support on the same subject:
Training (for LGfL schools) to prepare for the online elements of RSHE – we examine all aspects of online safety from the framework and latest guidance, provide an overview of resources, and prepare you to map these to your curriculum: safetraining.lgfl.net
Online resources (for all schools) to support a whole school approach – search by topic, key stage and audience at saferesources.lgfl.net
Have your pupils thrived and stayed safe online during lockdown? Has the extra time on devices gone swimmingly? Are you sure?
If so, great, but in some areas schools have probed and uncovered key safeguarding incidents which needed addressing. So we made this quick survey to give to pupils, giving them a chance to disclose issues before the holidays.
Please check with your DSL (if that’s not you) before you use the survey and be sure you know how you will handle disclosures in line with school policy (good time to remind staff, students and parents?). And remember children and young people haven’t had the same opportunities to reach out for help during lockdown, so why not give it a try!
If you are sending it home, you might want to combine with one of these two documents we created and posted about recently: