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Online Safety Guidance

ONLINE  Safety Guidance

Health and Welfare of Children

Including EYFS, main School and before and after school care



Online Safety is an important part of safeguarding children, staff and members of the Steephill community. This guidance takes guidance from Kent County Council, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE 2016).


The Designated Child Protection Officer DCPO, Safeguarding Officer SO and lead in Online Safety is Caroline Birtwell, Headteacher. Her Deputy is Anne Saul, Deputy Headteacher. Mrs Jenny Smith Spark is the Safeguarding Governor Lead.

Caroline Birtwell has undergone the requisite Level 3 training for DCPO, SO and Online Safety.

Many of the elements of Online Safety in school is covered in Code of Conduct, the Employee Handbook, Staff Handbook and Anti-bullying Policy:


Use of mobile phones, email, social media                Code of Conduct

Safeguarding procedures                                            Staff handbook

Cyber-bullying                                                            Bullying Policy


The purpose of Online Safety guidance is to underline the need to educate pupils, staff and members of the community such as parents of the need to understand both the benefits and the risks of using the internet. Whilst filtering and supervision remains important so does education on the dangers. It is also important for adults to work with children to use the internet properly so they can learn to manage risk.


Robust filtering is used to protect the children from accessing any websites which may be unsuitable and to prevent inappropriate pop ups.


The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk:
• content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material;
• contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users; and
• conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.




The Online Safety lead has authority to train staff and will do so every year in line with the Safeguarding training. The training focuses on use of mobile phones, cameras, email and social media and has the objective of keeping staff and pupils safe.


The last training for all staff was March 2016, refresher for those doing Child protection was in September 2016 and all staff training is scheduled for April 2017.


Education for pupils is embedded into the ICT curriculum but also has elements in the PHSEE curriculum for example with Stranger Danger. The PHSEE and SMSC programmes also give many opportunities for pupils to consider the etiquette of use and their behaviours and how this may affect others. It is ensured that children know where to go for help should they suffer any form of abuse either in school or out of school. Assemblies will also highlight use of internet and mobile phones both positively and negatively.




Cameras or other photographic/audio equipment (e.g. I-pods, camcorders, voice recorders), other than those belonging to the school, must not be brought into work or accompany employees when they are on outings or school runs. School cameras can be allocated to staff by the relevant Year Leader or your Line Manager, as required, and serial numbers recorded. The school cameras must be locked away in the designated area at the end of each day. Memory cards must remain on the premises when they are not being used.


All photographs and information about children must remain on the school premises at all times. Under no circumstances will permission be granted to remove these items in order to work on them at home or elsewhere. Unauthorised removal of such items will be treated as gross misconduct, which could result in dismissal.


The elements in the ICT curriculum are:


Upper I and Class II               DigiDuck          

                                                Hector’s World 


Class III                                  Lee and Kim     


Class IV                                  Cyber café         


Class V                                   online safety games


Class VI                                  Getting parents involved project. Class VI present a detailed powerpoint to parents and produce a leaflet which is given to parents at a school function. A play is performed to pupils at a school assembly.


Reporting Abuse


Cyber bullying within the school community is dealt with as part of the anti-bullying policy and is dealt with in a similar manner to bullying in any other part of the School.


Children or adults who experience any type of abuse either through phones or internet can report this through CEOP report abuse button which is located on the home page of the School’s website. Children or adults who experience any abuse online or via phones are encouraged to report this to the School whether this is in school or outside of school.


The use of social networks, mobile phones in school is detailed in the employee handbook in the Social Networking Policy. Use of mobile phones in school (p17) refers to the whole school and Early Years.

Should the School need to seek advice then the KCC contact is:


Lorissa Webber, Area safeguarding Advisor, North Kent     03000 412445