Schools play a vital role in promoting the social and emotional development and wellbeing of Australian children and young people.
Each state department of education provides a leadership role in developing policies and guidelines that assist schools to develop their own student safety and wellbeing policies. The following information can be used as a reference about how to develop and implement school policies tailored to the needs of your school community.
Consult relevant state and territory education department's policy guidelines.
Research available school focused resources. For example, consider the eSmart Schools resource. This is an easy-to-use, evidence-based system, providing a framework approach to help improve online safety and wellbeing in Australian schools.
Develop and implement draft policies and codes of conduct, including clear incident response flow charts to ensure all staff and, where relevant, parents are aware of how to deal with a breach of a policy or code of conduct. A list of, and links to, common policies and codes of conduct is provided in this section of the website.
Plan the inclusion of online safety issues within the curriculum with guidance from relevant education authorities, using both state and territory-provided teaching resources and the eSafety classroom resources provided. Help staff understand how students use technology by encouraging them to visit the relevant education level within the classroom resources section.
Online safety is a whole of community issue and it is vital that parents are included in the conversation. One way to include parents is to have a representative on the online safety team and to share online safety information. For example, regular newsletter articles about the positive ways students are using technology for as well as about online risks is a great way to keep the topic relevant and interesting for families.