Supporting students and their parents with remote learning is hugely important at the minute, however the ways and means we choose to do this should be very carefully considered. Just because the technology is there to enable us to livestream lessons, doesn’t mean we should. There are huge safeguarding considerations to take into account when thinking about doing this.
Some schools will have policies already in place to advise their staff on operating safely and may already have provided appropriate software logins and training, but for others it may be more of a personal choice to go down this route.
Here are ten things to take into account before you incorporate live streaming into your remote lesson planning:
- Only use a system approved by your SLT with a school-registered (not personal) account.
- Will all your students be able to participate in the lesson equally? Do you know they all have an internet connection, suitable device and space to learn – how will vulnerable and SEND students be catered for?
- Do you need to get parental consent to host a live stream lesson? Check with your DPO and SLT.
- Ensure your streaming settings have been audited by an administrator. You’ll need to manage who can join, who can start a stream, who can chat. You can quickly check your stream URL in an incognito tab to ensure only those invited can view it.
- Do you have an appropriate place to live stream from? This shouldn’t be a bedroom and care should be taken to ensure there are no inappropriate objects in the background, and no housemates/family members can intrude.
- Always alert colleagues as to when you intend to run a live stream. Ideally, have a second member of staff on the stream with you, plus avoid one to one video chats unless pre-approved by SLT.
- Keep a written log of all live streams. Note down when it was, who was in attendance, any issues that arose. You may want to record the session, bear in mind you won’t be able to tell if students are recording the session at their end.
- What are the session rules? When can students communicate with you and each other, and how? If chat is turned on, can students continue it when you leave the session?
- Remind students and fellow staff members about the school’s acceptable use and safeguarding policies (and the reporting process). Confirm with your SLT and DPO that these translate remotely.
- Is live streaming going to improve the home teaching support you give? If not, direct your efforts elsewhere. Don’t overdo it and try to do too much live, this opens up the potential for mistakes.
Download our quick reference poster on Safeguarding and Live Streaming to share amongst your colleagues.
If your school does decide to get into live streaming lessons, you’re welcome to ask us for advice on the most suitable application. There are plenty of options out there and what may be right for one school, may not quite work for your use case. Chat to us today.