Safeguarding Considerations for Remote Learning
Keeping Children Safe (Updated August 2021)
From September 2021, the duty to provide remote education remains for pupils who cannot attent school in order to comply with government Covid guidelines, so safe remote learning remains a priority for 2021/22. Even when the pandemic is behind us, many devices which have been sent home will continue to be used, so the safeguarding considerations of remote learning should remain part of your training, policy work and audits.
Safe live lessons, video lessons and any online teacher-student interaction
👈 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:
Review, revise and remind everyone about policies and AUPs - what behaviour is allowed or appropriate - does your policy reflect practice?
Follow the guidance in the infographic above and keep a log of events and issues.
Test what student accounts can do regularly in case settings have changed - e.g. can pupils join a stream or meeting but not start their own ones? Can they start or (re)join a meeting without you?
Don't forget security, too.
Blur (even better change) the background. Teams, Meet and Zoom allow you to do this or upload your own. Blurring does not totally obscure others, so why not create a background with the school logo for a more professional look!). Insist staff and students do so to avoid embarrassment or even disciplinaries. It's easy to show personal or inappropriate information or objects by accident (bedding if the bedroom is the only place to work, or family members in their pants - it happens!).
Google, Microsoft and Zoom platform-specific settings:
For all staff - remote tech and RSHE ideas:
For safeguarding leads and SLT:
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 items from it to share).
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As bereavement may have tragically come to many school communities during covid, LGfL made resources with Child Bereavement UK to support schools.