6 Reasons Why Our Schools Adopted a Whole School Approach to Online Safety

‘An effective approach to online safety empowers a school or college to protect and educate the whole school or college community in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene in, and escalate any incident where appropriate.’ DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 statutory guidance.

It’s important to remember that the responsibility for keeping children safe online falls on us all.

Adopting a whole school approach not only emphasises the importance of staying safe online when in school; it reinforces the message at home, with parents, carers and other trusted adults engaged in online safety and ensuring that they’re keeping abreast all of the latest online harms and risks.

A whole school approach lends itself to producing robust and policy driven online safety practice and ensures both adults and children feel confident in recognising, responding and reporting every type of online risk.

At National Online Safety, our award-winning certified school membership package provides the perfect opportunity to roll out comprehensive training to your whole school community.

We are trusted by thousands of schools, many of whom have fed back what makes our certified school membership so important for them.

But, as the saying goes, don’t take our word for it…

Read on to find out from the schools themselves why they’re benefitting from taking a whole school approach to online safety and how our certified package has been a crucial part of developing their own online safety provision…

1. Whole School Community Training

“Their Whole School Community Programme provides everything we need, from courses and educational resources to lesson plans and monthly updates. The staff have found their online platform easy to use and we have found it to also be a vital tool in helping to engage parents, despite some initial concerns over topics which may have been culturally sensitive,” Deborah Jones, Deputy Head – Pastoral at Dubai College. 

Our Certified School programme isn’t just inclusive of teachers – it is designed for the whole school community, to include DSLs, parents, carers and other trusted adults.

2. Monthly Online Safety Update Service

“There is regular communication via e-mail but not too much – which is important in a busy school! I value the monthly update webinars, which keep me in the know for a fraction of the time it would otherwise take me to research and read all of those articles myself!” Heather Cardwell, Online Safety Lead at High Lawn Primary School.

The online world is ever-evolving and we understand that as a teacher or parent, it can be difficult to keep across the latest trends and developments that directly affect our children.

Which is why, each month, we provide all Certified School members with an online safety update webinar, to ensure all stakeholders are up to speed with current changes.

3. Meeting DFE Statutory Safeguarding Requirements

“As National Online Safety is so regularly updated, we knew that you would also support our statutory obligations in line with KCSIE 2019 and the new Ofsted Frameworks,” Tom Washington, Year 4 Teacher, Computing and E-Safety Lead at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School.

In-line with the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2019 guidance, we create our training and resources alongside education professionals, so that schools can meet their statutory requirements.

4. Online Safety Resources, Lesson Plans and Parent Guides

“The beautifully made lesson resources have been used by all teaching staff to reinforce all of the Computing national curriculum objectives in Digital Literacy. Posters and guides for parents and carers were liked by parents and governors. They are a fantastic resource that gives such a deep overview of specific issues and aspects of online safety. Just amazing!” Lyudmila Momot-Booth, Leader of Science and Computing at Thornton Primary School.

Through interactive lesson plans and resources, as well as our #WakeUpWednesday guide series, we are able to help school staff communicate with children and parents in an easy-to-read and friendly manner in respect of online safety.

5. Dedicated Online Safety eLearning Hub

“With the new layout, it’s been a lot easier to signpost people in the right directions and they feel more confident in looking for material themselves,” Charlie Claridge, ICT Coordinator and Year 3 Class Teacher at Broughton Junior School.

In 2020, we launched our brand new, state-of-the-art eLearning Hub, that provides a one-stop-shop for school staff, parents and children to access our extensive library of resources, which can be accessed anywhere, anytime.

The hub also allows you to implement training to all staff and parents with just one click and report on course access and completion.

6. NOS Certified School Accreditation

“It has been very rewarding for the school as we are able to be clear in the importance of internet safety to our whole community. Being able to use the logo on all of our digital resources demonstrates our confidence and ensures that it stays a priority in everyone’s minds,” Helen Read, Marketing Manager at Badminton School.

The Certified School membership offers a roadmap for schools, outlining the necessary steps which need to be taken in order to achieve their certified status.

This roadmap can be subsequently distributed to governors, teachers, parents and carers, who all have a crucial part to play in helping the school have a reward for all their online safety efforts.

Start your journey towards becoming a National Online Safety certified school

Thousands of schools are already benefiting from our certified school programme. Many more are joining them. In this modern-era, when the online world is so important and has become an integral part of our lives, can you really afford not to keep up?

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