E-safety and the promotion of responsible behaviour involves many different stakeholders at different parts of the process. Working in partnership is a critical part of the process.
This seven-step model for implementing e-safety in practice is a useful overview:
- Set the vision – understand the bigger picture of e-safety in relation to promoting responsible behaviour online
- Set up an e-safety group – bring together senior management, curriculum, technical and safeguarding staff in starting to form e-safety policy
- Assess your current practice – understand what you currently do, identify the risks and areas for improvement
- Integrate – e-safety should form part of key organisational strategies and policies such as child protection, behaviour and student contracts
- Involve learners and stakeholders – Integrate as part of curriculum; understand how learners are using new technology; involve governors, parents and community
- Define responsibilities and train staff - ensure all staff across the institution understand their role in relation to promoting e-safety and reporting
- Review - ask for feedback to improve strategies and policies. Regularly update and review to reflect changes in technology and provision
After updating your e-safety policies and practices you will need to consider:
- Reviewing and updating policies as new challenges, opportunities and technology changes arise
- Updating staff roles and responsibilities as requirements and provision changes
- Providing training for all stakeholders, not just staff who work with learners
Your e-safety policy will also need to look at the following:
- What e-safety issues am I trying to solve?
- What technology infrastructure will I require?
- What skills will staff and students need?
- How can I gain acceptance and retain momentum?
- How can I measure success?
This section was inspired by the mobile learning infoKit and its ten steps to implementation model.