Devon Hospitals Short Stay School

Online Safety

ICT is an integral part of the way our school works, and is an important resource for pupils, staff, managers, volunteers and visitors. It supports teaching and learning, pastoral and administrative functions of the school.

However, the ICT resources and facilities our school uses also pose risks to data protection, online safety and safeguarding. We ensure that all ICT resources are used responsibly by adhering to data protection legislation, following statutory safeguarding guidance, and embedding online safety into our curriculum. 



Download our Online Safety/ Internet Acceptable Use Policy here

For other policies related to Safeguarding, please see our Policies page



We have put together an Online Safety pack, which you can download here: Online Safety Pack for Parents


South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) is a not for profit charity ensuring everyone can benefit from technology free from harm. They have developed a website which enables you to check that your internet filter is working effectively without having to access harmful or illegal content manually. 

You can test your internet filter here: Test filtering 

SWGfL have also developed a child friendly search engine, called Swiggle. 

Swiggle is powered by Google Custom Search and the results are filtered using Google SafeSearch. It is ad-free and free to use.

You can access Swiggle here:



  •  YouTube channel @letstalkdevon have produced a video (click here) all about the online challenges our young people face today, along with useful hints and tips that may help and details of services that can offer further support.  


The sites below include useful resources and information about online safety: