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Online safety: national guidance

Last updated on 11 January 2022

Harmful online challenges and online hoaxes

This non-statutory advice aims to support designated safeguarding leads (DSL) or equivalents, and senior leadership teams to respond effectively to incidents involving harmful online challenges and online hoaxes.

DfE: Harmful online challenges and online hoaxes

Preventing bullying

Guidance for schools on preventing and responding to bullying, including cyber-bullying

DfE: Preventing bullying

Teaching online safety in schools

Guidance supporting schools to teach pupils how to stay safe online when studying new and existing subjects.

DfE: Teaching online safety in schools

Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when planning remote education strategies and teaching remotely during the Covid-19 outbreak

DfE: Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety considerations

Guidance to help those who work in early years settings consider their practice and to take steps to safeguard both children and adults online.

UK Council for Internet Safety: Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety considerations

Keeping children safe in education

As of September 2021’s edition of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), the Home Office and the DfE Safeguarding Team now refer to #CyberChoices as a resource which staff, such as the Designated Safeguarding Lead, can and should utilise. Refer to the section in KCSIE titled ‘Cybercrime’ in part of Annex B, ‘Further Information’.

National Crime Agency: CyberChoices

Cybercrime itself, either committed from within or against schools, is becoming common place causing devastation to schools, their reputations and their budgets; as such it’s imperative that schools take this threat seriously. 

 

First published 23 July 2020 - Last updated on 11 January 2022