Revised Department for Education guidance on “Keeping Children Safe in Education” will come into force on 5th September, 2016.
High on the agenda is the need for schools to have “appropriate filtering and monitoring systems” in place. Schools must assess their systems and satisfy themselves that they are able to protect students by blocking inappropriate online content across the main safeguarding topics of discrimination, drugs, extremism, racism, pornography, self-harm and violence.
Whilst the guidance acknowledges that no system can be 100 per cent effective, it urges schools to conduct their own risk assessments and install suitable solutions to be able to comply with the legislation to the best of their abilities.
Schools can check the information published by the UK Safer Internet Centre and its partners to reference what points they should consider when assessing whether the filtering and monitoring controls they have in place are effective.