Returning to School
With schools returning to regular practice, there's so much to think about! Some of us may not have seen our classrooms for some time and the thought of learning a whole new set of pupils names may be proving more difficult than usual. Although we can't help with some of these problems, we understand that going back to school can be a stressful time for many.
That's why we've put together a bundle of resources that schools can use for the new year. Covering everything from social media to safeguarding, SWGfL want to ensure you are as prepared as you can possibly be when it comes to online safety.
Things have certainly changed but that doesn't mean the new school year can't be a safe and productive one!
Digital Tools for your Return to School
Online Safety Training
Online safety training for staff, children & parents, delivered by experts both face-to-face or online
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
Whisper® Anonymous Reporting Tool
Anonymous reporting that empowers your community to speak up in safety.
We run a number of helplines, use our flowchart to find out which helpline is most suitable for your query
Test your Internet connection to see if it blocks illegal child abuse and terrorist content
Data Protection Services
We have partnered with Firebird to provide a range of Data Protect services for schools
Back to School Resources
Safe Remote Learning
Whether your school is closed or not, delivering classes online can be helpful. Here's the lowdown on organising classes online so they are trouble free
Video Conferencing for Kids: Safeguarding and Privacy Overview
Never have video conferencing services been as important as they are right now. No longer are they a novelty but vital for us all to stay connected, whether home, school or work.
So You Got Naked Online
A resource that offers strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents
Education Professionals - Remote Working
A resource guide for education professionals when working from home.
Online Safety Considerations for Reopening of Schools
We have drawn together the following guidance as helpful pointers to reopening your school.
Covid-19: Expectations and Effects on Children Online
SWGfL report on the expectations and effects lockdown has had towards children online.
Safer Blended Learning
With the enduring threat of local restrictions being applied at any given time, schools should be considering ‘Blended Learning’ as part of their strategy.
Social Media Checklists
We have a number of useful resources available to download on our store so why not check it out.
Working with SWGfL provides the Trust with a single point of contact, they understand our schools and the problems we face.
Useful Back to School Articles
Spotify Kids – A Guide for Parents & Carers
Spotify Kids is a featured app on Spotify that lets family members create child accounts that provide child-friendly songs as well as monitoring features. Find out what is available in this article.
26th February 2021
SWGfL and Internet Matters Launch Campaign to Address Impact of Remote Learning on Young People
We have joined forces with Internet Matters to launch a campaign that addresses the impact of remote learning throughout the lockdown period. Our Instagram campaign will look at the coping strategies of young people in how they have managed their various stresses throughout remote learning.
22nd February 2021
Snapchat’s New Safety Resources Launch In The UK
In the run up to Safer Internet Day, Snapchat released brand new safety resources including Safety Snapshot and the Parent Guide. Read our latest article to find out more.
11th February 2021
How Can Schools Support Parents With Remote Learning?
Carmel from the POSH helpline breaks down some guidance for schools to support parents with remote learning.
2nd February 2021