Online Safety

Online safety is an important part of safeguarding and an area which is constantly changing to keep pace with the development of social networking services and social media. New technologies inspire children to be creative, communicate and learn and while the internet is a great resource, it is important that children and young people are protected from the risks they may encounter.

Latest News

The Government has agreed to consider the findings of a study by the Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield calling for a digital ombudsman to be created to uphold children's rights on the internet. Her report showed that youngsters are not prepared for what they are signing up to on the internet and are frequently giving personal information away without any form of privacy protection. The report also recommends that children should study digital citizenship under the curriculum from age 4, to learn about their rights and responsibilities online; also, that social media companies should rewrite their terms and conditions in far simpler language.


The resources in this section are intended as a toolkit to support schools in seeking to address their online safety responsibilities for staff and pupils. Most of the example policies and templates have been kindly provided by West Sussex Schools who have the services of CEOP trained e-Safety staff.

If your school subscribes to The Key for School Leaders - an e-PD partner organisation, you can also access a range of resources and raise specific requests for information by logging in to their website here and using the search function.

Model Policies and templates


Government policy and Ofsted

Ofsted Policy: Safeguarding Children and Young People
Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years - Ofsted 2015
DfE Statutory Guidance - Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2016
Making sense of the new online safety standards
Revised Prevent Duty Guidelines - 16 July 2015
Advice on Child Internet Safety - Universal Guidelines 1.0 - UKCCIS - first published February 2012

Useful links

360 degree safe
SWGfL - Education that Clicks
Digital Literacy Curriculum and citizenship
BOOST - The award winning innovative Online Safety Toolkit that safeguards you and your school
Online Compass - a simple online tool that shows you what you need to do to make the use of technology safer for your group
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) - National Crime Agency Command
UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS)
NSPCC Online Safety
Schools e-Safety SLA - West Sussex
UK Safer Internet Centre
The ENABLE approach to combatting bullying
Internet matters
The Internet Watch Foundation
Appropriate filtering for online safety

Related Events

Safer Internet Day was celebrated on 6 February 2018 in over 100 countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe. The day offered the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Tools for getting involved now and in the future can be accessed  here and the press release can be found here. The next Safer Internet day is February 5th 2019.