The Department for Education has published an updated version of the statutory guidance, “Keeping children safe in education (2016)”, which revises and replaces the 2015 guidance. This will come into force for schools on 5th September 2016 and includes numerous updates.

Underpinning each section is the need for a whole school approach so that online safety becomes an integral, embedded element within school culture – and, as with many other areas of school life, it needs to be backed up within policy. Within the online safety remit, there are four important areas, namely: safeguarding, training, filtering and monitoring, and curriculum – which are further detailed at:

Supporting a whole school approach, ITAM solution NetSupport DNA allows schools to filter and monitor safeguarding activity in addition to providing students with the tools to report concerns and access help independently. The reporting tools (which also highlight trending issues) give schools an insight into where further staff training is required or where student discussion groups are needed.