Teaching online safety in schools

Guidance supporting schools to teach pupils how to stay safe online when studying new and existing subjects.


Teaching online safety in school


This is for school leaders, school staff and governing bodies. It applies to all local-authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools.

The interventions and support information may also be helpful for early years settings, colleges and other post-16 institutions.

This guidance outlines how schools can ensure their pupils understand how to stay safe and behave online as part of forthcoming and existing curriculum requirements. It does not imply additional content or teaching requirements.

We will review this guidance during spring 2021. Schools should continue to use the existing guidance in the meantime.

Published 26 June 2019