Is your school eSafe?

The role technology plays in our lives shows no signs of slowing down. And with the rise social media platforms, this role has moved well beyond the physical classroom setting. Knowing this, the concept of an eSafety policy is becoming increasingly common in schools.

Does my school need an eSafety policy?

All schools need a current eSafety policy. This will, not only, protect your staff and students but empower them in their roles.

What should an eSafety policy include?

An effective policy should include:

  • who will setup and manage this policy;
  • what constitutes acceptable and non-acceptable use of technology;
  • a statement on the unacceptability of cyberbullying/harassment and how the school will respond to such behaviour;
  • all relevant process including how activity will be monitored and how incidents can be reported;
  • the use of school logos and intellectual property or references to the school;
  • training practices for school staff and students;
  • data integrity practices the school has in place;
  • and the consequences of non-compliance.

How to implement an eSafety policy?

1.    Establish a working group representing teachers, management staff and parents.

2.    Consult all parties involved and make updates to reflect feedback.

3.    Promote the policy throughout your school community.

4.    Educate teachers, parents/carers and students to ensure their understanding.

5.    Review the policy on a regular basis to ensure relevance in line with best practice from the eSafety Commissioner

Department policies

Each state has guiding documents to help school develop their own eSafety policy. Review relevant documents to ensure your policy adheres to the requirements of your governing department.

National and state policies

Photos and videos

Photos are a popular way to for schools and teachers to celebrate achievements, events and document activity. To help promote the safe sharing of images:

  • obtain written consent for all images shared;
  • include consent for photos and videos to be taken on a child’s enrolement form;
  • and clearly state if the school permits parents/carers to record events.

For more information, please refer to your governing bodies or the eSafety Commissioner

Empower your students

By booking our bCyberwise and/or Relate, Respect, Connect modules, you will be helping your students becoming respectful digital citizens.

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