Online Safety Information
The ability to keep children and staff safe online is a vital part of meeting school safeguarding obligations. Recognising, responding and dealing with these online issues can be challenging.
We have a wide range of powerful tools to help you meet those challenges.
When it comes to e-safety practice, what standards are desirable and attainable? Compliance is the only way forward, not negligence. You need the facts, not guesswork.
At SWGfL we provide you with extra empowerment and support to deal with the challenges, official or otherwise. Think of it as a small investment for great results. Below are some more details about the apps, services, tools and resources that we provide.
Online Safety Training
Statutory guidance requires annual safeguarding training for all staff that includes internet safety. And staff training can be one of the weakest links in school online safety provision, according to Ofsted. Access expert training from the team who train school inspectors.
We have a team of online safety consultants delivering a wide range of e safety sessions to schools and other organisations that work with children and young people. We cover the whole of the UK, and provide bespoke e-safety training sessions for pupils, school staff and professionals, and parents and carers.
Whisper: Anonymous Reporting Tool
You can’t keep children safe if you don’t know what’s happening. Anonymous reporting reaches those who are reluctant or find reporting bullying, abuse, grooming or other issues difficult.
Whisper allows your school community to report issues to you. They can choose to be anonymous, or to leave contact details. You can then act more quickly.
Whisper comes with a custom button, link or code for your school website or newsletter, and a unique dedicated mobile number for SMS reporting.
Monitor your online reputation, and understand what children and parents are saying online about your school.
Reputation Alerts is a powerful tool to capture, track, and notify you about new online references to your school. Complaints. Unfair comments. Teacher abuse.
The tool scans social media, blogs, websites and press to let you know when you are being mentioned. It even indicates sentiment as positive or negative, and how influential the host website is, so you can easily work out what to do. It will email you immediately if it finds anything important or urgent.
Online Safety Knowledgebase Articles
What is Online Safety?
It can be referred to as Online safety, eSafety or internet safety, but what does it mean?
Why is Online Safety Important?
We have become significantly dependent on and accustomed to the digital services and devices we use for being online. Online safety plays a vital role in the proper use of these tools
10 Internet Safety Tips - Staying Safe Online
Ten E Safety Tips for Staying Safe Online. For parents and families, and for children and young people, our ten top online safety tips
Online Safety Experts
We are the leading organisation that supports technology in education while safeguarding children online.
Along with our partners we support more schools with online safety than any other organisation.
We have more than 15 years of experience working with schools and professionals to support the use of technology in education. We are also the leading partner within the UK Safer Internet Centre and so we operate not only on our doorstep, but also across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
Online Safety Services
An online software solution to help schools monitor their students' behaviors when surfing the Internet
Professionals Online Safety Helpline
Online Safety helpline for professionals who work with children and young people in the UK
Swiggle.org.uk - Child Friendly Search
Swiggle is a child friendly search engine designed to help young people with their first steps on the internet
Online Safety Audits
Our experts can audit your organisation's online safety provision and guide your moving forward
Test your Internet connection to see if it blocks illegal child abuse and terrorist content
Revenge Porn Helpline
The Revenge Porn Helpline is the UK’s only service dedicated to supporting adults who have been victims of intimate image abuse
Online Safety Products
Whisper® Anonymous Reporting Tool
Anonymous reporting that empowers your community to speak up in safety.
Early Years Toolkit
A toolkit to highlight and endorse best practice within early years settings for managing the risks associated with online technologies
Online Safety Resources
Latest Online Safety Articles
Whisper Service Update – New Features Available
Last March we launched the new version of Whisper, our anonymous reporting tool. We are pleased to announce that we have just updated the service and are now offering it free to schools again for a 5 week period to support them during lockdown.
14th January 2021
Camera’s On or Off and Other Important Questions Answered by the POSH Helpline
Schools are having to adapt fast to remote learning once again. The POSH helpline answers some very important questions around how to manage your teaching duties throughout the current lockdown.
13th January 2021
#VoicesUnder30: Why should we be paying attention to young female activists?
Report Harmful Content have dedicated January to paying homage to 30 Voices under 30, who are shaping the future of the world. Why should we be paying attention to young female activists - find out more in this article.
12th January 2021
UK Safer Internet Centre Release Two Year Public Report
The UKSIC has compiled a report that outlines our key achievements over the past two years including the impact of Safer Internet Day, the support of the hotlines and helplines, along with the resources created by the three partners.
17th December 2020