Returning to School
With schools returning after a long summer break, 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.
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
Whisper® Anonymous Reporting Tool
Anonymous reporting that empowers your community to speak up in safety.
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
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
Receive Complementary Bitdefender Security Software by Completing This Survey
The first 150 schools to fill in this survey will receive five complimentary licences for Bitdefender Total Security Software for use at home, as a thank you for helping us gather research around cyber security in schools.
27th September 2021
Only One Week Left Until Online Safety Day
There's only a few days left to sign up for our biggest online safety event. Find out who is speaking and what topics will be discussed as we breakdown the two hour session in this latest article. There's still time to reserve your place so make sure you book your tickets!
22nd September 2021
YouTube Updates Privacy Features for Young People
YouTube has updated their privacy features as a way to help better protect children and young people on their platform. These include defaulting settings to under 18s as well as including some wellbeing features.
13th September 2021
Scotland Releases National Guidance for Child Protection
The Scottish government has released new national guidance for helping to protect children this month. The guidance is there to set guidelines for any professional who works with children and young people whilst setting out clear responsibilities and expectations when it comes to keeping them safe.
6th September 2021