Early Years

E-Safety

As practitioners it is our role to keep children safe in the real world and the digital world.                                     

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When did you last access internet safety training?

ThinkUKnow is a national education and awareness programme developed by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) using their unique experience and expertise in the online behaviours of children and young people. Programmes provide age appropriate information about online risks and guidance to help young people keep themselves safe online. All information emphasises the positive aspects of the internet, whilst highlighting the risks and how to stay in control of them.

Did you know?

For the last 10 years Ofcom (Office for Communications) has been running research into children’s media literacy. Their 2016 report shows that technology use among children is continuing to rise.

Third of 3-4s now have their own media device | Safer Internet Centre

The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) does not require settings to have a policy/procedure on ICT or online safety but we would suggest it is good practice to show how you will support children's use of technology in your setting. Ensure you have a separate internet safety policy/procedure (see template) and ensure you include the use of mobile phones and cameras and state that you are registered as a data controller with ICO (Information Commissioners Office).

Online Safety Template Policy

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The signs of successful safeguarding arrangements

Adults understand the risks associated with using technology, including social media, of bullying, grooming, exploiting, radicalising or abusing children or learners. They have well-developed strategies in place to keep children and learners safe and to support them to develop their own understanding of these risks and in learning how to keep themselves and others safe. Leaders oversee the safe use of technology when children and learners are in their care and take action immediately if they are concerned about bullying or children’s well-being. Leaders of early years settings implement the required policies with regard to the safe use of mobile phones and cameras in settings.

Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Keep yourself up to date with training and research and consider the benefits and the risks to children in your setting.

  • Communicate with parents and share appropriate information
  • Talk to children in the setting about how to stay safe online and what to do if they are worried
  • Use privacy settings, safety modes and filters
  • Never use your own personal devices with children and be clear about what your setting policy states about the use of personal devices

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