Online Safety Information
The ability to keep children and staff safe online is a vital part of meeting school safeguarding obligations. Recognising, responding and dealing with these online issues can be challenging.
We have a wide range of powerful tools to help you meet those challenges.
When it comes to e-safety practice, what standards are desirable and attainable? Compliance is the only way forward, not negligence. You need the facts, not guesswork.
At SWGfL we provide you with extra empowerment and support to deal with the challenges, official or otherwise. Think of it as a small investment for great results. Below are some more details about the apps, services, tools and resources that we provide.
Whisper: Anonymous Reporting Tool
You can’t keep children safe if you don’t know what’s happening. Anonymous reporting reaches those who are reluctant or find reporting bullying, abuse, grooming or other issues difficult.
Whisper allows your school community to report issues to you. They can choose to be anonymous, or to leave contact details. You can then act more quickly.
Whisper comes with a custom button, link or code for your school website or newsletter, and a unique dedicated mobile number for SMS reporting.
Monitor your online reputation, and understand what children and parents are saying online about your school.
Reputation Alerts is a powerful tool to capture, track, and notify you about new online references to your school. Complaints. Unfair comments. Teacher abuse.
The tool scans social media, blogs, websites and press to let you know when you are being mentioned. It even indicates sentiment as positive or negative, and how influential the host website is, so you can easily work out what to do. It will email you immediately if it finds anything important or urgent.
Online Safety Training
Statutory guidance requires annual safeguarding training for all staff that includes internet safety. And staff training can be one of the weakest links in school online safety provision, according to Ofsted. Access expert training from the team who train school inspectors.
We have a team of online safety consultants delivering a wide range of e safety sessions to schools and other organisations that work with children and young people. We cover the whole of the UK, and provide bespoke e-safety training sessions for pupils, school staff and professionals, and parents and carers.
Online Safety Knowledgebase Articles
What is Online Safety?
It can be referred to as Online safety, eSafety or internet safety, but what does it mean?
Why is Online Safety Important?
We have become significantly dependent on and accustomed to the digital services and devices we use for being online. Online safety plays a vital role in the proper use of these tools
10 Internet Safety Tips - Staying Safe Online
Ten E Safety Tips for Staying Safe Online. For parents and families, and for children and young people, our ten top online safety tips
E Safety Facts - Staying Safe Online
How can parents keep children safe online? Start by understanding what e safety is about. Our ten top internet safety facts will help.
Online Safety Experts
We are the leading organisation that supports technology in education while safeguarding children online.
Along with our partners we support more schools with online safety than any other organisation.
We have more than 15 years of experience working with schools and professionals to support the use of technology in education. We are also the leading partner within the UK Safer Internet Centre and so we operate not only on our doorstep, but also across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
Online Safety Services
An online software solution to help schools monitor their students' behaviors when surfing the Internet
Professionals Online Safety Helpline
Online Safety helpline for professionals who work with children and young people in the UK
Swiggle.org.uk - Child Friendly Search
Swiggle is a child friendly search engine designed to help young people with their first steps on the internet
Online Safety Audits
Our experts can audit your organisation's online safety provision and guide your moving forward
Test your Internet connection to see if it blocks illegal child abuse and terrorist content
Revenge Porn Helpline
The Revenge Porn Helpline is the UK’s only service dedicated to supporting adults who have been victims of intimate image abuse
Report Harmful Content
An online platform for reporting harmful content you experience through social media
Online Safety Products
Be the first to know when your school online is mentioned online
Whisper® Anonymous Reporting Tool
Anonymous reporting that empowers your community to speak up in safety, now available for free to UK schools during the Coronavirus pandemic
360 Degree Safe
Our multi-award winning online self-review tool for schools
A tool to support non-school groups in making their use of technology safer
Early Years Toolkit
A toolkit to highlight and endorse best practice within early years settings for managing the risks associated with online technologies
Online Safety Resources
Online Safety Policy Templates for Schools
Download Online Safety Policy templates for your school
Downloadable booklets to guide you through your profile settings in Facebook
Downloadable booklets to guide you through your profile settings in Twitter
Downloadable booklets to guide you through your profile settings in Instagram
Latest Online Safety Articles
COVID-19: Impact on Helplines
What impact did lockdown have on our helplines? What trends were seen and how did things change? You can read all about it from POSH, RP Helpline and Report Harmful Content
29th July 2020
How AMS can Successfully Help Safeguard Students (Case Studies)
What is AMS? How can AMS help schools to actively keep their school community safe? We look at two case studies where assisted monitoring helped safeguard students.
27th July 2020
UK Safer Internet Centre takes over Secretariat of APPG on Social Media
The UK Safer Internet Centre is taking over as the new Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media. This vital new role will help cement children’s online safety at the heart of Government policy.
23rd July 2020
The New Online Resilience Tool for Education Professionals
The POSH helpline has been teaming up with HeadStart Kernow to help and advise them on the new Online Resilience Tool which provides a practical way for education professionals to assess young people’s online behaviour.
20th July 2020