Keeping Children Safe
During school closures, children will spend more time online and on devices, so to help them stay safe, scroll down to find guidance and support from LGfL's DigiSafe team targetted at parents, pupils, DSLs and all staff. There are regular updates from @LGfLDigiSafe on Twitter and Facebook or on our newsletter. Any questions? You can email, too.
For parents and pupils:
FOR PARENTS: share our fridge-friendly A4 poster of top tips for parents to keep their children safe online during corona closures.
Watch this short video explainer of the top tips too.
There is a new government advice page for parents too with lots of detail, and Counter-Terrorism Policing has produced advice on online radicalisation during closures to help you help parents (remember also our new staff Prevent CPD resource).
For all staff:
Keeping children safe while teaching remotely
Share this infographic with all staff (not just SLT), whichever technology you are using for home learning (it says livestreaming, but nearly all points are relevant for all technologies).
Remember - wherever possible, use the systems already in place. So if you have G Suite or Office 365 (we can set them up for you if not), don't use a new platform for video or text chat which might not be safe or auditable!
For safeguarding leads and SLT:
Thinking about using video?
FOR ANY PLATFORM, REMEMBER:
Review, revise and remind everyone about policies and AUPs regarding appropriate behaviour (see the guide mentioned above for how to do this).
Don't forget the security advice, too.
We can set up G Suite or Office 365 accounts for LGfL schools (linked to your USO accounts if you use them). Your NC can request this via support.lgfl.net.
YouTube - remember teachers should never use personal channels/accounts, but only those linked to a school's G Suite. But in any case, Google Meet (below) is a better solution for lessons, assemblies or meetings (not only because the age limit for is 13 but also for functionality).
Google Meet within G Suite - watch the video above to see the many settings in G Suite to help ensure you use Meet safely, e.g. how to disable chat, choose between a video meeting and a stream, how turn on streaming for specific users or teachers but not pupils (stop pupils starting their own!), audit staff-pupil contacts and many more essential safeguards. NB - to stop students rejoining a Meet without the teacher there, you must a) give it a name and b) start it from meet.google.com (not calendar, which is where you need to be for a livestream - but that has no interaction so it's not a problem for that), they can rejoin with no teachers. More tutorials here.
Microsoft Teams within Office 365 - watch the video above about blurring your background. You can now also change your background to a mock school or office image for a more professional look and the same effect. This Microsoft page includes a helpful list of recommended safe settings. NB - to stop students rejoining a Teams call without the teacher there, you must click End Meeting, not the classic 'hang up' button.
Zoom - please consider the comments on this page about making the most of the tools your school already has and only using accounts set up by school admins. If you consider Zoom, please use the paid education version, not a free account, for the ability to safely audit staff and student meeting behaviour, record or disable chat, and other essential safeguarding settings. Here are some Zoom settings pages: security / keep uninvited guests out / securing your classroom / GDPR.
Not worrying children
It is important children can talk about their concerns and do not bottle up their fears as they see change and worry around them, so don’t pretend nothing is happening:
As bereavement will tragically come to many school communities, check out the resources we made with Child Bereavement UK to support schools with this.
Make the most of resources from LGfL DigiSafe and the other great organisations around the UK to help keep children safe:
Our signposting portal at saferesources.lgfl.net can be filtered by theme, key stage and more.
Parentsafe.lgfl.net is our section with items for schools to share with parents (don't share the link as it will be overwhelming, but items from it).
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