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.
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.
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 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
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
Online Safety Products
Whisper® Anonymous Reporting Tool
Anonymous reporting that empowers your community to speak up in safety.
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
Latest Online Safety Articles
Safer Internet Day 2021 Reached over Half of Young People in the UK
Safer Internet Day 2021 reached more young people than ever before, with 51% of UK children aged 8-17 hearing about the day, alongside 38% of UK parents and carers. Find out more stats in this article.
22nd April 2021
Professionals Online Safety Helpline - Quarterly Report
The POSH helpline has released its quarterly report for the start of the year from January to March. Carmel Glassbrook (helpline practitioner) breaks down the key findings around professional’s online safety.
16th April 2021
360 Early Years and 360 Groups to Help Children and Young People Stay Safe Online
We have now complemented the 360 tool with two other tools that are focussed on the needs of other organisations that work with children and young people, 360 Early Years and 360 Groups.
12th April 2021
Disney+ Parental Controls and Privacy Settings
As Disney+ adds more mature content to the streaming site with Disney+ Star, this article looks at the privacy settings and parental controls available.
8th April 2021