Every school forced to use internet filters and teach online safety under government plans

The Telegraph is reporting that every school will be forced to use internet filters and teach children about online safety under government plans to better protect pupils from exploitation and radicalisation. 

Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, has published a consultation looking at closing loopholes to ensure schools and colleges are keeping pupils safe when they use the internet. 

Parents have also been offered a handbook on social media detailing “conversation prompts” for how to bring up the topic of cyberbullying and other online dangers with their children…

The new drive comes amid fears that there are gaps in schools’ current approach to protecting children from threats online.

In particular there are concerns children are increasingly being targeted by Islamist extremists who use the internet to brainwash teenagers into radicalisation. 

Mrs Morgan said: “As a parent I’ve seen just what an important role the internet can play in children’s education. But it can also bring risks, which is why we must do everything we can to help children stay safe online – at school and at home…” 

The consultation published by the Education Department outlines a range of possible measures ministers could take to improve online safety for youngsters and will run until 16 February.

Currently, the department’s statutory guidance says that schools in England only need to “consider” teaching pupils about safeguarding online. Ministers want to change this so the teaching is “required”. 

Another proposal is to make schools put internet filters on all computers and create a system of monitoring which will ensure inappropriate online content cannot be seen by pupils…

More at: Every school forced to use internet filters and teach online safety under government plans

 

Read more on this (including links to parent resources and how to take part in the consultation) directly from Nicky Morgan and the DfE at: New measures to keep children safe online at school and at home

 

Read or download the full report on the proposed changes being considered in the consultation:

Keeping_children_safe_in_education_consultation

 

Read or download the full draft guidance:

Keeping_children_safe_in_education_draft_statutory_guidance

 

Read or download the new guide for parents and carers:

Social_Media_Guidance_UKCCIS_Final_18122015

 

Your thoughts and reactions to the new measures being proposed here by Nicky Morgan and the DfE?

Is it a welcome move or do you have any reservations on either the principles involved or the practical considerations for schools?

What about pupils using their own devices to go online via mobile data connections?

Please give us your reactions and feedback in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Most if not all schools already have these filters in place; searching via 4G on phones more of an issue. Gibb out of touch

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Once you hear “some evidence” from a minister what they mean is “we need to be seen to do something”; filters already exist

  3. andylutwyche

    Bedtonman SchoolsImprove All schools have strong filters – this is a desperate attempt to appease the public in the short term

  4. cia262

    SchoolsImprove Children constantly watched and monitored. Another tyranny perpetrated under shield of safeguarding. Awful.

  5. Nairb1

    When inspecting safeguarding Ofsted currently require ‘Adults understand the risks posed by adults or learners who use technology, including the internet, to bully, groom, radicalise or abuse children or learners. They have well-developed strategies in place to keep children and learners safe and to support them to develop their own understanding of these risks and in learning how to keep themselves safe …’
    So another example of Morgan acting decisively over something that’s already in place. If the current requirements say schools need only ‘consider’ teaching online safety it makes one wonder what Ofsted would say if a school said they’d considered it and decided not to bother.

  6. Mktadvice4schls

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove or at home or via free WiFi on buses or (round here) trams. Monitoring social media use far bigger issue

  7. Mktadvice4schls

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove wonder if gov thinks kids don’t have time outside school! (perhaps some of them went to boarding school!)

  8. andylutwyche

    Mktadvice4schls SchoolsImprove Quite – govt always reluctant to tell people how to parent but in this case they should make an exception

  9. Mktadvice4schls

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove but schools already ahead here – all those I know invite parents into e-safety events for example

  10. andylutwyche

    Mktadvice4schls SchoolsImprove Absolutely; trouble is that many who need the e-safety lessons won’t engage or art blind to the issue

  11. Mktadvice4schls

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove agree – that’s the most schools can do, but already more than required. Gov needs to praise schls for this.

  12. andylutwyche

    Mktadvice4schls SchoolsImprove They should do but why change the habit of a generation and praise schools when used to slating them?

  13. Mktadvice4schls

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I know! Try my best to do their job with GoodNews_Schls – perhaps educationgovuk might take it over?

  14. andylutwyche

    Mktadvice4schls SchoolsImprove GoodNews_Schls educationgovuk Easier to maintain status quo & blame schools/teachers for ills in society

  15. CherylSalmon

    This is nothing new – schools have been required to have online safety systems as part of their child protection policy for years. All the ISPs which provide services to schools have filtering.

  16. zoecaine

    SchoolsImprove they should do this anyway. What they need to is make parents aware of the danger of social media for young kids!

  17. thiskidsthinkin

    Schools in this area already do that. Sometimes I think it is parents that need educating about how to keep their children safe on the internet.

  18. Nairb1

    Every school does it. Don’t fall for Morgan rhetoric, she’s well know for identifying a problem that doesn’t exist and then pretending to solve it with decisive action. More about raising her profile for the Tory leadership contest than keeping kids safe.

  19. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove Unbelievable. What does NickyMorgan01 think we do? Does she have any idea about the safeguarding measures we have already?

  20. andylutwyche

    zoecaine SchoolsImprove All schools have internet filters already; there is no more schools can do but plenty more some parents can do

  21. Bedtonman

    andylutwyche zoecaine SchoolsImprove I agree with Andy, the kids aren’t getting the information at school Internet is restricted

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