The Department for Education has revised its guidance on “Keeping Children Safe in Education” and it 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. The onus is on schools to 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.
If you want to ensure that your school has everything covered during your assessment of your filtering and monitoring systems, you can check the information published by the UK Safer Internet Centre and its partners for reference. Simply click here to access the checklists.