With technological advances moving spectacularly fast, it is difficult for schools to keep updated with e-safety policy, procedures and advice for their staff and pupils. Ensuring that everyone is informed through following policy directives can be time-consuming, and producing the documents can be equally laborious.
Fortunately, the Kent Online Safety team, from the County Council, have now updated an Online Safety Policy Template and Guidance (September 2017) including online safety policy template, “How to write an Online Safety Policy: Guidance for Leaders, Managers and Designated Safeguarding Leads”. The document seeks to enable leaders and managers to explore policy decisions and to implement actions which best suit the needs of their community. It is recommended that leaders, managers and DSLs access this guidance before using the policy template, which is also provided by the team.
Updates to the template and guidance include:
- Reordered layout
- Updated content regarding social media
- Updated content regarding the use of mobile phones and personal devices
- Updated information regarding local and national guidance, contacts and resources
- Updated suggested procedures regarding online safety concerns, including sexting and cyber bullying
- ‘How to respond to an online safety concern’ flowchart
This valuable and relevant resource is freely editable for schools, and available to schools inside and outside of the Kent region.