The eSafety Label is a European Schoolnet initiative launched in 2012. Its aim is to provide European schools and the extended school ecosystem with:
- a European-wide accreditation and support service
- an online environment and community for teachers, heads of schools, ICT coordinators and school staff.
The eSafety Community offers therefore the ideal space for these participants to interact, exchange best practices, ask for advice and share difficult cases and how they were solved.
The eSafety accreditation system allows users to assess their school’s online safety levels against a set of criteria to determine areas of strength and weakness pertaining to three main areas: infrastructure, policy and practice.
How does it work?
If you are new to the eSafety Label environment, first feel free to explore the public portal, read the latest news, explore the resources and find out why the eSafety Label is relevant for your school. Once you are ready, please, register to join the Community, start reading the forums, get involved and begin the accreditation process to get your label! In very broad lines, in order to obtain an eSafety Label you need to register, join and participate in the community, share your knowledge and expertise (also through Resources and Cases), prepare your self-assessment process based on the eSafety factsheets and, finally, fill in and submit your assessment questionnaire. Once you get a label, it is valid for 18 months and after 12 months you can re-do the assessment process.
What exactly are eSafety Labels?
Based on your school’s online safety level and other factors evaluated through the assessment process, you can get one of the following labels.
- Iron - basic online safety level
- Bronze - minimal awareness of online safety
- Silver - more advanced approach to online safety
- Gold - outstanding practice in all areas of online safety and education on online safety