The Kent e-Safety Strategy group comprises of Teachers, Kent County Council Officers, Child Safeguarding Officers, Connexions, Libraries and Archives, Kent Police and other children’s workforce professionals to advise on online safety for the young people in Kent. We work with the Kent Children's Safeguarding Team and the Kent Safeguarding Children Board [See Resource Library and Children & Young People]
Kent e-Safety Resources and Documents
Kent e-Safety Policy Template and Guidance
The Kent Schools and Settings e-Safety Policy Template has been updated for 2012 to reflect the changes in technology and practise within schools. The updated document builds upon the foundations laid by previous editions and incorporates new content and materials that schools and other agencies may find useful when writing and reviewing e-Safety Policies.
Schools and settings e-Safety Policy Template 2012 PDF Version (November 2011)
Schools and Settings Policy Template 2012 Word Version
Poster: Responding to an incident of concern (2012 update)
Staff ICT Acceptable Use Policy Template: 2012 Edition (New: February 2012)
The updated Staff ICT Acceptable Use Policy Template 2012 is provided as a framework to support schools and other settings when writing and updating their Acceptable Use Policies. The Staff ICT Acceptable Use Policy Template 2012 contains a "guidance for use" section for Head Teachers, Governing Bodies and Senior Leadership Teams to help them consider the wider implications (including legislation and recommended best practise) as well as possible actions required to support and develop a consistent and appropriate AUP to reflect the schools e-Safety approach.
“The Use of Cameras and Images within Education Settings” (New: December 2012)
This document has been updated to include changes in legislation and updates in technology to help settings consider safe practice to help protect children, young people, families and staff. It includes a selection of frequently asked questions settings have around the safe use of images and cameras such as “Do we need written consent to take and use images of children?”, “Should staff use personal equipment to take images of children?” and “Can parents take photos/videos at events”. The also document contains guidance for settings around legal requirements and obligations in regards to Data Protection and other legislation and has been developed by the e-Safety Strategy group in liaison with KCC Information Governance Specialist’s.
The document includes important contacts, sample policies, template letters and other useful resources (also available in word format) which can be used and adapted by schools and settings to help develop safe practice in relation to images and cameras, which is essential in order to protect all members of the community.
Other Kent Resources
e-Safety Policy Generator
The Online Policy Generator is an interactive tool which enables Schools in Kent to prepare their e-Safety policy online by selecting and amending statements from the Kent Policy Template bank as well adding their own statements to create a personalised and appropriate Policy. It is strongly recommended that all stakeholders should be actively involved in using this tool to collaboratively create an appropriate e-Safety policy for their establishment. Schools can only register for one account and it is recommended the school e-Safety lead or head teacher is the main account holder.
"Think B4U..." workbook and poster
Download "Using Social Media and Technology in Education Settings" (2011, Edition 2) here
Please note that these leaflets are currently in limited stock so will not be able to be sent in large quantities to schools or settings.
Kent Safeguarding Children Board: Safer Practice with Technology
This video has been produced for young people, by young people to highlight the risks associated with Social Networking sites and other websites and how to use them safely. This video is aimed at Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils to consider the benefits and dangers of socialising online. A DVD has been sent to all Schools in Kent and Medway for use in School.You can view the video online here
Related Kent Links
Key e-Safety Links for Schools
For more information
Click here for more e-safety links (includes useful curriulum materials, resources to share with parents and leadership information) Updated March 2013!
Click here for more information about Cyberbullying Updated August 2011!
Please note: The copyright of the Kent e-Safety materials is held by Kent County Council. However educational agencies are granted permission to use all or part of the materials for not for profit educational use, providing the KCC copyright is acknowledged and we are informed of its use. Please contact Rebecca Avery, the e-Safety Officer to discuss this.