Whilst schools have long been required to do something “appropriate” when it comes to online safety, official guidance on the specifics has always been very weak. However, this year the Department for Education has published brand new Filtering and Monitoring Standards for Schools and Colleges. There have also been updates to the UK Safer Internet Centre's Appropriate Filtering for Education Settings and Appropriate Monitoring for Schools, and to the Department for Education's Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance, which came into force on 1st September 2023.
Never before have British schools had such comprehensive guidance as to their responsibilities with regards to online safety, but this is a complex subject and the guidance is spread across a number of publications.
To help schools to understand their obligations, we have published a summary of the changes together with comprehensive overview that pulls together all of the guidance into a single document, which you can download by clicking the link below.