Around this time, students may have trouble taking a step back from their internet use after a long summer. It’s important for schools to be aware that new trends and apps may be making significant waves amongst students and associated online challenges may be more visible on their return. Ensure that students know the appropriate behaviours around using devices at school. As well, show them that they can come to you for support relating to any online concern they may be having.
Transitioning back to school can be difficult and can be considered a stressful time for many young people; make sure you know how best to support students on their return and start the new school year feeling prepared and up to speed.
Understanding what new challenges may be present on the return to school can help better prepare you for responding to any incidents or concerns. Consider the below as areas you may want to address:
Anonymous reporting that empowers your community to speak up in safety.
Review your organisation's policy and posture around information security
Swiggle is a child friendly search engine designed to help young people with their first steps on the internet
An online software solution to help schools monitor their students' behaviors when surfing the Internet
SWGfL runs a monthly podcast series called Interface. Here our presenters Jess McBeath and Gareth Cort connect with some of the leading professionals and influencuers working within the field of online safety. Get advice, discussion and considerations for some of the most pressing topics currently facing professionals. Listen to one of our episodes below or view the entire series here.
Download the latest version of the free online safety calendar for 2023/ 24. Get important dates, information and support for various times of the year.
Get webinars, guidance and tools to support your organisation with their filtering and monitoring responsibilities
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Advice from the Professionals Online Safety Helpline about responding to and deescalating online challenges
An extensive analysis of what data has been seen from professionals and schools around understanding online safety delivery and assessment
This annual report explores the Professionals Online Safety Helpline findings and trends across 2021 – 2022
The latest strengths and weaknesses seen in online safety for schools in England as gathered from the 360 Degree Safe tool.
Reviewing your schools online safety policy and practice is an important part of going back to school. Find out more in this guidance.
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Guidance, training and resources for professionals to tackle harmful sexual behaviour
Online Safety helpline for professionals who work with children and young people in the UK.
The UK’s only service dedicated to supporting adults who have been victims of intimate image abuse
StopNCII.org is a ground-breaking tool that allows adults to protect themselves against intimate image abuse