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New guidance on online platforms: The following updated guidance has been produced for schools with the increased use of Online Systems:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers/coronavirus-covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers#online-safety-in-schools-and-colleges

You should think carefully before adopting a platform you do not know for online communication, sharing of work or storage of information – in partiicular note that GDPR still applies 

“Schools and colleges should ensure any use of online learning tools and systems is in line with privacy and data protection/GDPR requirements.”

Do you have easily accessible links to practical support for students and adults?

“An essential part of the online planning process will be ensuring children who are being asked to work online have very clear reporting routes in place so they can raise any concerns whilst online. As well as reporting routes back to the school or college this should also signpost children to age appropriate practical support from the likes of:

Childline – for support

UK Safer Internet Centre – to report and remove harmful online content

CEOP – for advice on making a report about online abuse”

Zoom: Lourdes IT continue to recommend schools and individuals stay clear of Zoom, unlike Mr Johnson, and the cabinet, we are aware of continuous flaws in the software and cannot ensure it is a safe environment.

Phishing attacks: Schools, teachers and parents should be on the look out for Covid-19 related phishing emails, and ensure anything they action has come from a trustworthy source.

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