Online Safety and Online Harms

  • Are you worried about safeguarding your pupils online?

  • Do you like to support teaching Online Safety in the curriculum?

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Online Safety
Online Safety

Services

Online Safety Review

The 360 Degree Safe Online Safety Mark has three schemes:

  • 360° Safe (for Schools)
  • 360° Early Years
  • 360° Groups (e.g. after school clubs, sports clubs, holidays schemes etc).

These are available to nurseries, schools and colleges, as well as voluntary groups, and are referenced in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Annexe C.

Our team can provide support to assess and complete any of these 360° submissions.

This will include a half-day review with an accredited Online Safety Mark Assessor, who will provide an objective assessment of the setting’s overall level of online safeguarding maturity and provide advice on improving current e-safety provision.

This review will help you prepare for your Online Safety Mark submission to gain this prestigious and nationally recognised accreditation.

Online Safety Consultancy

Our Online Safety consultants can support your setting in assessing your current online safety provision, reduce the risks to your school community, and support you in improving digital safeguarding. Our staff come from educational backgrounds, with extensive experience of online safety issues, trained by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command, and with close links to Safer Derbyshire and Derbyshire Cyber Protect Officers.

National Online Safety Mark
National Online Safety Mark

Providing support to assess and complete the National Online Safety Mark application.

The prestigious National Online Safety Mark evidences your ability to protect your pupils, staff and stakeholders.

This online safety award compares 28 different aspects of online safety within the school environment against a set of national standards, helping you to evidence your commitment to safeguarding in school and in the digital realm.

This mark is for those settings which have completed the full SWGfL 360 Degree Safe via https://360safe.org.uk/

360° Safe (for schools)
360 degree safe

The 360 degree safe self-review tool is free to use and is intended to help schools review their online safety policy and practice.

It provides:

  • Information that can influence the production or review of online safety policies and develop good practice.
  • A process for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • Log sources of evidence, comments, and action points within your account.
  • Opportunities for commitment and involvement from the whole school.
  • Support and guidance to move from a basic level of provision for online safety to practice that is aspirational and innovative.
  • Easily compiled reports to share with stakeholders and staff.

The tool encourages collaborative use, with immediate feedback and suggested actions to help your progression. You can also compare and benchmark your responses with other users of the online tool.

For more information visit: https://360safe.org.uk/

Our Online Safety Review or Online Safety Consultancy services offer help and support in understanding these tools further or in completing your submission.

360° Early Years
360 degree early years

360 Early Years is a simple tool that allows settings to review and improve their online safety practice for the benefit of the setting itself and for the children, staff/volunteers, and families.

It is suitable for any setting that works with pre-school children. There are related tools for use by formal schools – 360 degree safe and for other organisations that work with school age children.

360 Early Years is a free, powerful tool designed by award-winning online safety experts, that simplifies a difficult task. It allows you to review your online safety policies and practice, compare these to other settings, suggests improvement actions, and points to good practice resources.

For more information visit: https://360earlyyears.org.uk/

Our Online Safety Review or Online Safety Consultancy services offer help and support in understanding these tools further or in completing your submission.

360° Groups
360 degree groups

360 Groups is a simple tool that allows groups and organisations to review and improve their online safety practice for the benefit of the group itself and for the members, children, staff/volunteers, and families.

It is for any group/organisation that works with children and young people. This might include breakfast clubs, holiday schemes, youth groups, faith groups, sports clubs, libraries, uniformed organisations, and a whole host of other such organisations.

360 Groups is a free, powerful tool designed by award-winning online safety experts, that simplifies a difficult task. It allows you to review your online safety policies and practice, compare these to other groups, suggests improvement actions and points to good practice resources.

For more information visit: https://360groups.org.uk/

Our Online Safety Review or Online Safety Consultancy services offer help and support in understanding these tools further or in completing your submission.

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Further Information

Online safety refers to the act of staying safe online by protecting yourself and others from online harms. Harms may lead to unsafe communications, loss or inappropriate sharing of personal information and negative effects on mental health and wellbeing. Online safety applies wherever and whenever you are online.

Online harms refers to illegal content and behaviour, such as online harassment, cyber-bullying and sexual abuse, particularly in relation to children and the vulnerable. 

The 3C’s are commonly used when talking about online harms: Content, Contact and Conduct.

New legislation, the Online Safety Bill, is set to address online harms, following on from the Government’s Online Harms White Paper.

Digital safeguarding refers to the protections put in place to protect users from online harms, which includes the implementation of effective technical solutions*, advice and support, and procedures for managing incidents.

*Also referenced in Article 32 of the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018, known as the ‘security principle’.

Elements of safeguarding in a digital world:

  • Protecting pupils and staff from online harms and managing online harms
  • Recording and reporting incidents, including online safety and security concerns

  • Protection from insecure access and cyber-attack

  • Cyber Awareness education, to include common scams and malicious threats

  • Safer procurement of platforms and apps

  • Ensuring appropriate communication boundaries to prevent cyber-stalking / harassment

  • Having robust policies and procedures around IT acceptable use, reporting incidents, social media, photographs, CCTV and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

  • Protecting pupils and staff from false allegations

  • Protection from excessive screen time

  • Supporting the wellbeing of pupils and staff

If you would like to discuss how to put digital protections in place in your school or trust then we would love hear from you.

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