Safeguarding during Remote Learning & Lockdowns

Keeping Children Safe (Updated 5 January 2021)

Given the latest nationwide lockdown and duty to provide remote education, we continue to update this page of guidance and support related to remote learning , with support for DSLs, all staff, parents & pupils. For more on this and our regular work, follow @LGfLDigiSafe on Twitter & Facebook or sign up to our newsletter. Any questions? You can email, too.

For parents:

ADVICE FLYER FOR PARENTS: share our fridge-friendly A4 poster of top tips for parents to keep their children safe online during home learning (or in fact any holiday time or evenings or weekends too).

ONLINE TUTORS - KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE: This flyer is to help parents with safeguarding tips when their children have extra tuition, whether privately, via the school or the National Tutoring Programme.

ONLINE CHALLENGES: check out our blog, video and poster to help you know how to handle warnings you may be asked to share with parents about challenges/dares/scares online at scare.lgfl.net

Plus don't forget the DfE page "What parents and carers need to know..." which is a helpful parent go-to page for government updates.

For all staff - remote tech and RSHE ideas:

Share this high-res infographic with all staff (not just SLT). It is relevant for livestreaming and all other teaching technologies.

NEW: Online safety has a new home in the RSHE curriculum (66 mentions!). Why not use this quiz to assess pupils and promote helpful class discussions?

FOR PUPILS: there are 14 weeks (70 sheets) of daily online-safety worksheets to doownload at digisafedaily.lgfl.net

For safeguarding leads and SLT:

KCSIE 2020 includes Covid updates which schools must be aware of. Beyond this, DfE instructions are in 'Guidance for full opening: schools' and 'Actions for early years and childcare providers'.

If you haven't reviewed all your policies to reflect KCSIE changes, remote learning and related tech etc, use our policy templates to help you with your online safety policy and AUPs. Visit safepolicies.lgfl.net and remind staff & students about rules and expectations.

Safe live lessons, video lessons and any online teacher-student interaction

Safeguarding considerations for lesson livestreaming.pdf

👈 Why not use these slides to talk through the safeguarding considerations to remember with all staff - get them to think about WHY each point is important. What could you add for your setting?


The points are the same as on the poster to display in the staffroom and share with staff 👉

For any platform, remember:

  1. Review, revise and remind everyone about policies and AUPs regarding appropriate behaviour as above.

  2. Follow the guidance in the infographic above and remember to blur/replace backgrounds and keep a log of events and issues.

  3. Test what student accounts can do - have you ticked the right box to let teachers stream but not students (they don't need to stream in order to watch a stream)? Can they start or join meetings without you? You must double check.

  4. Don't forget security, too.

  5. 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.

Google, Microsoft and Zoom platform-specific settings:

  • Follow the links above⤴ for the three most popular platforms' useful settings pages - find out how to achieve each of the points in our infographic above.

  • Also remember for YouTube - teachers should never use personal channels/accounts, but only those linked to a school's G Suite. But in any case, Google Meet is a better solution for live lessons, assemblies or meetings (not only because the YouTube age limit for is 13 but also for functionality - and it limits it to your domain).

  • Google Meet within G Suite - remember also that to stop students rejoining a Meet without the teacher there, you must start it from meet.google.com AND give it a name (not via calendar which is the only place to schedule a stream). Even better, use the fixed Meet room linked to a Google Classroom; that's your best option to make sure only students in the relevant class can join...and only when a teacher is there. It's even the same link each time, displayed at the top of the stream, so even if you don't otherwise use Classroom it might be worth setting it up just for this.

  • Microsoft Teams within Office 365 - to stop students rejoining a Teams call without the teacher, you must click End Meeting, not the classic 'hang up' button.

  • Free v Paid Zoom - If you consider using 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.

  • For all platforms, remember: ....

Change the background!

Teams, Meet and Zoom all allow you to blur or change the background. Insist that staff and students use this to avoid embarrassment or even disciplinaries as it is very easy to display personal or inappropriate information or objects (e.g. beds and bedding when the bedroom is the only place to work, or others in the house coming in just in their pants - it happens often).

Blurring does not totally obscure others, so we recommend a background instead (why not create one for staff with your logo to upload - 'upload your own' is coming soon to Meet but already there on Teams/Zoom).

And finally...

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 Parentsafe link - it will be overwhelming - pick an item from it to share).

  • Join us for handy hints and resources on social media every day (we are @LGfLDigiSafe on Twitter and Facebook) for you, your colleagues, students and parents.

  • And if you don't already, subscribe to our newsletter, too.

  • As bereavement may tragically come to many school communities, check out the resources LGfL made with Child Bereavement UK to support schools with this.