Online Safety Best Practice for Early Years
The toolkit aims to highlight and endorse best practice for managing the risks associated with online technologies.
The toolkit includes policies and procedures which should be used as exemplars. This means they should be considered best practice.
Early years settings are required to tailor the polices to meet their own individual requirements, but there is an expectation that the core message and values will remain the same.
Authors and Editors
The document was originally published by Plymouth City Council in April 2010 and endorsed by Bronwen Lacey and Councillor Grant Monahan. The authors were Maria Hollett, Tony Staunton, Ken Corish and Viv Venn.
This revised document is published by the South West Grid for Learning Online Safety Group (April 2018). The authors were Peter Bower and Judith Bower.
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