Keeping Children Safe Online is Our Mission
The use of technology in schools has changed rapidly in the last decade, with an increase in the adoption of new technologies to help enhance productivity, efficiency, teaching and how students are learning academically. Now an integral part of everyday life, schools recognise the importance of developing student’s skills in using different technologies to help them prepare for further study and the working world.
The onboarding of these online technical advances can, however, present its challenges, with schools facing a variety of legal, educational, technical and philosophical objections. Changes to government legislation such as Keeping Children Safe in Education outlines the importance of safeguarding, and the duty of care educational organisations have to ensure they protect their students and staff from any online threats and harmful content.
With different year groups and students varying in the ages of 11-16, we understand it can be difficult getting the right balance between providing internet access which protects against harmful content, but that still gives the freedom to work without limits. For secondary schools who also facilitate sixth form, the concern is no longer just keeping harmful content out of reach, but teaching and encouraging students not to be abusing the internet and exploring the darker side of the web.
Smoothwall’s granular control feature allows you to create and tailor a unique acceptable use policy, and set age-appropriate internet access based on each year group. This ensures you can provide the right amount of protection and freedom to all your users, without causing limitations to their academic learning.