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e-Safety classroom materials

Technology is a fantastic tool for teaching and learning and engaging with parents/carers and the wider community and is an essential part of everyday life so children must be supported to be able to learn how to develop strategies to manage and respond to risk so they can be empowered to build resilience online.

Whilst the Computing curriculum will no doubt form an essential part of online safety education for children and young people, safe and responsible use of technologies must be embedded throughout the curriculum to ensure that all children develop the required range of digital literacy skills and are able to build their own online resilience which will empower and enable them to become safe and responsible internet users.

Schools and settings should consider the following points to promote safe and responsible use of technology within the classroom:

  • Supervision and good classroom management is essential when using any form of technology - boundaries and acceptable behaviour should be discussed with students prior to internet access. Children must always be appropriately supervised by a member of staff when using technology
  • The decision to use technology (including websites, apps and devices) with children must be made based on a risk assessment approach
  • Staff should always evaluate any websites, apps and devices fully before use in the classroom - this will include checking the websites first, pre-checking search results, checking terms and conditions and advertising etc. Staff should however always be aware that what may be considered a safe site or app today, might not be safe tomorrow!
  • Staff must not rely on filtering alone to safeguard children from harm online in school and decisions regarding filtering (including the decision to block or unblock content) must be made jointly with safeguarding, curriculum and technical input and agreed by the leadership team
  • Staff must always be mindful to role model safe and appropriate behaviour when using technology.

The following websites are not endorsed, controlled or promoted by Kent County Council and leaders should make decisions about their use within the curriculum based on a risk assessment approach, taking into account the needs, ages and abilities of their learners

Classroom tools and search engines
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No search engine is ever completely safe and appropriate supervision, pre-checks and risk assessments should always be carried out by staff prior to use in the classroom. The following search engines are not endorsed or promoted by Kent County Council and leaders and managers should make decisions based on a risk assessment approach and explore the benefits and as well as the risks of allowing and not-allowing access.

If schools decide to use search engine sites such as Google or Bing with pupils then they must ensure safe search filtering tools are applied. Schools must be aware that this only reduces (not removes) the possibility of accessing inappropriate content either accidentally or otherwise. Therefore, the school must ensure that necessary processes are in place to respond to any filtering breaches. This would include policies and procedures for reporting unsuitable content (for pupils and staff), appropriate supervision and pre-checking of search terms, as well as education for pupils about safe searching and online reliability prior to use.

Other Tools
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Online Safety Curriculum Materials
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Online Safety resources
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The following links highlight a range of resources which will cover a variety of online safety issues. Most resources are appropriate to be used within PSHE curriculum (EYFS - KS5) but some content may also be appropriate for use within the Computing curriculum.

  • ThinkUKnow - material from CEOP aimed at children aged 4 to 16. Specific focus on online abuse and exploitation. (EYFS/KS1/2/3/4)

Additional content

Resources for Specific Online Safety Concerns
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Please note the above content will also contain links and resources regarding these issues.
Whilst many of the below resources will be useful for schools/settings to use with children following a specific incident or concern, staff should be cautious to proactively check that material will not cause unnecessary trauma to a child who has been harmed. Staff should always ensure that their school/settings safeguarding procedures are followed at all times.

Online (Cyber) bullying
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Mobile Phone Safety
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Social Networking, Privacy and Self-Esteem
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'Fake News', Reliability and Critical Thinking

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Fact Checking Tips and Websites

Examples of "Fake" news or content websites

Piracy, Hacking, Virus, Plagiarism, Copyright and Dark Web

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Sex Education and Relationships
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Radicalisation and Extremism
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Grooming and Online Child Sexual Exploitation
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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
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Please note that this list is not exhaustive and content will be updated regularly. If you think a useful site or fantastic online safety/e-Safety resource for use within the classroom is missing or if a link is broken then please contact the Education Safeguarding Adviser (Online Protection) or the e-Safety Development Officer

These links will take you outside the Website. We make reasonable efforts to make sure the content available on linked websites is not defamatory or offensive. Inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement or approval by KCC of the linked website, its operator or its content nor is KCC responsible for the content of any website or web page outside of the Website.