Online safety: governors' role
Understand your role in keeping pupils safe online. Ask the right questions when monitoring your school's internet policies and practices.
1. Monitor your school's online safety programme
- Your school is teaching children how to stay safe online (and that this teaching is adapted for vulnerable children, victims of abuse and pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, where necessary)
- All staff undergo safeguarding and child protection training which includes online safety
This is set out in paragraphs 114 and 119 of statutory safeguarding guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2021.
KCSIE refers to schools having a 'whole school approach' to online safety, and this non-statutory guidance also recommends this. It means your school should consider all aspects of school life, such as your ethos, environment and partnerships with parents.
KCSIE suggests schools use this free online safety self-review tool from 360 Safe to review their approach to online safety.
Make sure your school has appropriate filtering and monitoring systems in place to protect pupils when