In May 2016 the Department for Education published it’s revised statutory guidance for schools and colleges ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.
The document issued under section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015, outlines that schools and colleges must have regard to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The revised guidance will commence as of 5th September 2016 and states that it is essential for children to be safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material, such as abuse, substance misuse, bullying and radicalisation. Governing bodies and proprietors must therefore now not only ensure they have the most appropriate ‘web filtering’ in place but also the appropriate ‘Monitoring’ in place. Schools will however need to be careful that ‘over blocking’ does not lead to unreasonable restrictions as to what children can be taught with regards to online teaching and safeguarding.
Smoothwall understands that the internet is rapidly evolving, a simple block is no longer sufficient enough particularly if you want to give students access to the reality of a modern and liberal society. The Smoothwall’s Safeguarding functions on the belief that the best way to protect students is to combine blocking of event-based activities with the monitoring of intent-based activities.
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