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Autumn Term 2020



This issue includes:
  • STAR SEN Toolkit update information
  • Helping young people control their finances
  • Keeping under-fives safe online
  • Free online safety guide from National Online Safety
  • TikTok social media networking app information

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Autumn Term 2020

As many schools look forward to welcoming their pupils back into the classroom, we know that both schools, pupils and families have needed to embrace remote learning and increased internet usage over the last few months. For many this has enabled them to continue with some aspects of learning and engage with their peers, friends and, for staff, their colleagues, but as always, the internet has its safety issues for both pupils and adults, especially as new apps and platforms are launched.

Over the summer, we have once again reviewed some of the new guidance and resources available for both schools and parents/carers, including our own updated schools online safety model policy template for you to download and use as needed.

We hope our autumn online safety newsletters for School Staff and our Parents and Carers edition will prove helpful and informative. Please feel free to share them with your personal and / or professional networks and to your parent body.

Both editions feature a range of guidance, news, links and updates about online safety particularly pertinent in view of current issues and concerns:

Our newsletter for staff includes reviews and details about:

  • Look At Me, Teens sexting and risks – from
  • Online blackmail - a new resource for 15-18 year olds from Thinkyknow
  • Be Internet Legends – the new RHSE curriculum resources from Google and Parent Zone
  • Online Resilience Tool – the new resource for professionals from HeadStart
  • Let’s talk about Porn -A teaching resource designed to educate young people about pornography from SWGfL
  • The Herts for Learning schools online safety model policy template, including online safety acceptable use agreements
  • Plus a selection of resources on safeguarding and remote education from the DfE, NSPCC and O2, National Cyber Security Centre, LGfL and others.

Our newsletter for parents and carers includes reviews and details about:

  • Parents and Carers Toolkit – from ChildNet
  • Connecting safely online – from
  • In-game chat: What parents and carers need to know – from Thinkuknow
  • BorrowBox – Free access to ebooks and audiobooks – from your local library service
  • O2 and NSPCC helpline and resources
  • Online safety videos - from Childnet
  • Protecting Personal Data – from National Online Safety

For more information, advice and training about online safety across the curriculum and embedding this within a wider whole school approach to include mental health, positive relationships and safeguarding, please contact the Herts for Learning Wellbeing team at or visit Herts for Learning | Online Safety

Kate Stockdale
Teaching & Learning Adviser
Tel:01438 844819
Email: Kate.stockdale@

Karin Hutchinson
Lead Teaching & Learning Adviser
Tel:01438 844819
Email: Karin.hutchinson@


Reviewed & updated June 2020