We’re sure you will agree, we can’t believe it’s this time of year again! September not only signifies the end of summer holidays but the start of an exciting new school year ahead.
With lots of changes to legislative demands for educators having happened over the summer holidays, hopefully, you have had plenty of time to think about the practices you will be putting into place, to ensure you have the most appropriate filtering and monitoring solutions required to successfully safeguard and promote the welfare of children in your care.
The new legislation from the Department for Education sheds light on the fact that as part of a digital age, we want young people to understand, learn from and utilise the internet as part of their education, as it is such a large part of our culture. Due to this, ‘overblocking of web content’, is no longer something that is sustainable or effective within education. Schools now need to focus on tools that enable them to block inappropriate content in real time, without relying on URL blocklists alone, whilst still allowing access to educational and appropriate social content.
With ever increasing demands and expectations to perform against Ofsted’s framework, it is key to understand the reasons why new legislation has been brought into place. As young people are growing up in a digital culture it is key to recognise the important role that the internet plays in our society and learning. Unfortunately, we also need to be aware of the risks that the internet brings.