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

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 - what behaviour is allowed or appropriate - does your policy reflect practice?

  2. Follow the guidance in the infographic above and keep a log of events and issues.

  3. 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?

  4. Don't forget security, too.

  5. 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:

Share this with all staff so it's not just SLT thinking about best-practice. It is relevant for livestreaming and all other teaching technologies.

CLASS QUIZZES: 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 ISOLATING PUPILS: why not catch up on the 14 weeks (70 sheets) of daily online-safety worksheets to download at digisafedaily.lgfl.net

For safeguarding leads and SLT:

Remember to read the DfE's Safeguarding and remote education page.

Do your policies reflect reality for the online teaching platforms you have used for lessons? Our templates can help.

Have you sent school devices home? Are they safe and appropriately protected? HomeProtect for web filtering at home may be of help.

For parents:

ADVICE FLYER FOR PARENTS: share our fridge-friendly A4 poster of top tips for parents to keep their children safe online.

ONLINE TUTORS - KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE: Help parents with safeguarding tips when they organise extra covid catchup 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

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 items from it to share).

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

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

  • As bereavement may have tragically come to many school communities during covid, LGfL made resources with Child Bereavement UK to support schools.