Getting the most out of 360 Early Years and 360 Groups

As with most tools, there are many features available that can sometimes go unrecognised in the first instance. When reviewing your online safety policy and practice, it can seem like a big task with many factors to consider. Luckily, the new 360 tools, Early Years and Groups try to make it as accessible as possible.

If you have already registered for an account, we hope that you have found the tools useful and hope it is already helping you to improve the online safety practices at your group or setting.

Whilst we are always here for support, there are several things you can do as a user to get the most out of 360 Early Years and 360 Groups.

Things to Consider

If you are a user who has not yet completed your review, we would encourage you to do so. It is important for users to address all 12 parts of the tool to gain maximum benefit and get the most out of the 360.

In case you have not yet discovered all the features, below are several aspects to consider:

  • Reviewing your practice – there are 12 parts, each containing four level statements. These range from nothing in place, to planning, to essential and finally to effective.
  • Adding a commentary – you can use the “current position” box in the review section to record your existing practice. You can also add some actions that you intend to put in place.
  • Links to documents and resources – at the bottom of each review page there are links to resources relevant to that part of the tool. These may point to national guidance e.g. from the Information Commissioners Office, UK Safer Internet Centre etc.
  • Reporting – there are a range of reports which you can print or save to keep records of your progress. You could also share with others in your group / setting.
  • Policy templates – you can download the templates, which are based on best practice, and adapt them to suit the needs of your group / setting. There is an overall online safety policy and a set of supporting policies, including Acceptable Use Agreements, Data Protection Policy etc.
  • Certificates – when you register you can download the Certificate of Commitment. The Essentials Certificate becomes available when you reach the essentials level for all 12 parts of the tool.

Utilising these important aspects of the tools can ensure you are reviewing your online safety policy and practice to the best of your ability.

As always, we are continually improving our online safety self-review tools and resources. If you are a user, we would like to hear your comments on the tool and any suggestions you have as to how it might be improved to better meet your needs. Please let us know by sending an email to:

360safe@swgfl.org.uk

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