The Kent e-Safety Policy Template has been updated for 2012 by the Kent
e-Safety Strategy Group to reflect the rapid changes in technology and to
promote good practice within schools and settings.
The e-Safety agenda
relates to children and young people as well as adults and is concerned with the
safe use of the Internet, mobile phones and other electronic communications
technologies, both in and out of school. It includes education for all members
of the school community on risks and responsibilities and is part of the ‘duty
of care’ which applies to everyone working with children.
and settings need to recognise the importance of e-Safety as part of the wider
safeguarding remit and in ensuring that children feel safe and are able to learn
and achieve to the best of their abilities. Children now live in an ever
increasingly digital world and it’s essential that schools recognise this when
implementing their safeguarding responsibilities. Schools and other settings
must decide on the right balance between controlling access to the internet and
technology, setting rules and boundaries and educating students and staff about
responsible use and should ensure that action has been taken to help protect
staff, students and the wider school community.
The updated 2012
e-Safety Policy Template builds upon the foundations laid by previous editions
and incorporates new content and is provided as a framework to support schools
and other settings when writing and updating e-Safety policies. The e-Safety
policy is essential in setting out how the school plans to develop and establish
its e-Safety approach and to identify core principles which all members of the
school community need to be aware of and understand.
- New and updated discussion material in relation to establishing
school policies and procedures
- Updated sections regarding cyberbullying,
learning platforms and personal devices
- Content regarding responding to
e-Safety incidents and the use of Social media tools
- Updated audit, contact
information and references to useful materials
The Kent Online e-Safety
Policy Generator website has also been updated with the new material to enable
schools to create a collaborative and personalised version of their policy
online. If any Kent schools or settings have not already registered to use the
generator, they can visit www.policy.e-safety.org.uk for more information and to
register for an account. Please note that only schools within Kent, Medway or other registered Local Authorities can register to use the Online Generator.
Kent schools and settings can consult with the
e-Safety Officer to discuss policies and procedures in relation to schools
The updated policy template is available
electronically here and other Kent e-Safety Material can be found at www.kenttrustweb.org.uk?esafety
The TDA recently commissioned Sheffield Hallam
University to work with two primary schools researching positive steps to
achieving the outstanding grade from Ofsted in regards to safeguarding and
development and use of digital technology has grown quickly, and advancements
in social networking sites, web-cams, portable media devices, and online gaming
have been particularly appealing to children and young people. Whilst these
technological developments bring benefits and opportunities to and young people
in terms of their learning and development, they also bring about safeguarding
implications. This report has worked with two primary schools and
followed their journey to reach ‘outstanding' in terms of safeguarding.
Findings from the two case studies provide an overview of what works in primary schools in terms
of improving and raising e-safety awareness, as well as the
barriers and challenges schools may face in trying to implement them.
You can read the full document here
For more information regarding training or consultations for Kent schools and settings, contact the Kent e-Safety Officer: email@example.com
(26 October) the IWF not only marks its annual Awareness Day, but reflects on
years of tackling online child sexual abuse content.
The IWF is the UK
reporting Hotline for images of child sexual abuse hosted anywhere in the world
and UK-hosted extreme adult pornography and non-photographic images of child
sexual abuse. It is an independent self-regulatory body which was set up and
funded by the online industry and the EU. It has more than 100 members. Since
it was launched on 1 December 1996, the IWF has assessed almost 370,000
As a result of the IWF's
work with the online industry, the volume of UK-hosted child sexual abuse
content has reduced from 18% in 1997 to less than 1% since 2003 and the IWF has
kept it that way. Child sexual abuse webpages in the UK are rapidly removed thanks to
the responsible actions of the online industry with whom the IWF works.
However there is still a
problem with child sexual abuse content hosted around the world.
- The IWF statistics spanning the past 15
years show 45% of the worldwide webpages assessed and actioned for removal
by the IWF featured children aged 10 years and under, including babies.
For the past four complete years (2007 to 2010) this figure is 73.5%. This
reflects the increasingly extreme nature of the content assessed and
actioned by the IWF analysts.
- Since 1996, 40% of the global child
sexual abuse content actioned by the IWF involves the *** and sexual
torture of children. For the past four complete years (2007 to 2010) this
figure is 53.5%.
IWF Chief Executive Susie
Hargreaves said: "To assess more than 370,000 webpages is incredible and the IWF
is proud to have played its part nationally and internationally to remove
images of child sexual abuse. Although we've had tremendous success
domestically, child sexual abuse content on the internet is a problem the IWF
and the industry are eager to tackle wherever it is hosted. With the industry
and partner Hotlines' support we've been able to remove 87,000 webpages
containing some of the worst content depicting the *** and sexual torture of
young children and babies. Preventing the revictimisation of those children and
protecting the public from stumbling across this horrific content is our
priority.Through working with the online industry and our partners we've been
able to grow and adapt in order to meet this challenge and we will continue to
adapt to tackle this global problem."
Home Office Minister for
Crime and Security, James Brokenshire said: "We must never forget that behind every
computer image is a real child victim. Over the last 15 years the IWF has
done fantastic work to help rid the web of large amounts of illegal and deeply
disturbing content. As the IWF's figures show we can never be complacent.
The strength of the IWF approach is working in partnership with the internet
industry, government, the police, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection
Centre and, most importantly, the public themselves. We must continue
that work together."
For more information about
the IWF or to report online content visit http://www.iwf.org.uk/
To read the full press
release accompanying the IWF 15th anniversary click
To learn more about the IWF
15 years combatting criminal content online visit 15th
have published a new report which focuses on the importance of technology with
children and teenagers and their parents. There are some interesting statistics
uncovered including 12-15s say they would miss their mobile (28 per cent) and
the internet (25 per cent) more than TV (18 per cent)!
following information has been taken from the Ofcom Press Release
Ofcom's research reveals
that more than nine out of ten (95 per cent) 12-15 year olds now have internet
access at home through a PC or laptop, up from 89 per cent in 2010 and 77 per
cent in 2007.
networking increases among 12-15s
Social networking is still
one of the most popular uses of the internet amongst 12-15s, although the
number of children with social networking profiles has stayed static since 2010
at 3 per cent of 5-7s who use the internet at home, 28 per cent of 8-11s and 75
per cent of 12-15s.
However, children are
visiting social network sites more often on their mobiles, driven by the
increase in smartphone ownership. Half (50 per cent) of 12-15s with a
smartphone visit social networking sites weekly compared with 33 per cent in
computer and video gaming among 8-11s
While 12-15s are using the
internet for social networking sites, 8-11s are more likely to use it for
gaming, with 51 per cent saying they play games online on a weekly basis, up
from 44 per cent in 2010.
8-11s are also spending
more time playing on games players/ consoles compared with 2010 (9 hours 48
minutes - an increase of nearly 2 hours).
Taking computer and video
games together, seven in ten (68 per cent) 8-11s say they play games almost
every day, up from 59 per cent in 2010.
the most popular activity among 5-7s
Among 5-7s, almost half (48
per cent) say that television is the medium they would miss the most, compared
to 25 per cent naming playing computer/video games, and less than one in ten
naming either the internet (7 per cent) or mobile phones (1 per cent). The
research shows that 95 per cent of this age group watch TV almost every day,
compared to 43 per cent using the internet, and 7 per cent using a mobile
Online safety risks
Parents say they are
generally very confident about their children using the internet safely and the
vast majority of children aged 8-15 feel that they know how to stay safe online
(88 per cent) and that they are confident internet users (97 per cent). However
with increasing use of media, there remain some safety issues.
A fifth of all 12-15 year
olds said they'd had a negative mobile or online experience in the past year,
with gossip being spread (13 per cent) being the most common issue. Girls are
more likely to know someone who has had gossip spread about them (44 per cent
of girls compared with 29 per cent of boys). A quarter of teenagers (23 per
cent) say that they know someone who has been bullied through their mobile
phone, rising to 30 per cent of teenage girls.
A minority of children have
social networking profiles which are either open (public) or set to where
friends of friends can see it - 28 per cent of 12-15s and 17 per cent of 8-11s.
18 per cent of children who
play games online play against people they don't know personally, with boys
aged 5-15 are more likely to do this than girls (24 per cent compared to 7 per
cent of girls).
The research also reveals
that in some areas parents of children who use the internet at home are
increasing their supervision and protection.
Over half (54 per cent) of
parents of 5-15s supervise their child in some way when they're online - up
from 48 per cent in 2010. And four in ten (39 per cent) parents say that
internet controls or filtering software are fitted, rising to 59 per cent when
asked about specific controls such as ‘safe search' and YouTube safety mode.
For mobile phones, one in
three (31 per cent) parents whose child has a web enabled mobile has limited
their access to exclude websites aimed at those aged 18 or over.
Children are also becoming
more aware of potential risks, with 12 per cent of 8-11s with a social
networking profile saying they talk to people not directly known to them, down
from 22 per cent in 2010 (24 per cent of 12-15s, down from 32 per cent in
Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: "The
almost universal use of the internet at home by 12-15s - both for their
education as well as their entertainment - is a positive step forward. The
research also shows that parents and children are increasingly aware of how to
be safe when using the internet. But risks do remain. Better understanding -
amongst parents as well as their children - is key to helping people to manage
content and communications, enabling them to enjoy the benefits of media use
while protecting themselves from the potential risks."
full PDF version of the report can be found here