Guide for education settings and filtering providers about establishing 'appropriate levels’ of filtering and monitoring.
Please note: The UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) has reviewed its 'appropriate' filtering and monitoring definitions and is publishing these as a draft for consultation. The definitions aim to help both schools and providers understand what is considered 'appropriate'. The consultation is open to industry, schools and the public until 6th April 2021.
Schools (and registered childcare providers) in England and Wales are required “to ensure children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet in school, including by establishing appropriate levels of filtering" (Revised Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales, 2015).
Furthermore, it expects that they “assess the risk of [their] children being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology”. There are a number of self review systems (eg www.360safe.org.uk) that will support a school in assessing their wider online safety policy and practice.
Included within the Scottish Government national action plan on internet safety, schools in Scotland are expected to “have policies in place relating to the use of IT and to use filtering as a means of restricting access to harmful content.”
The aim of the following documents are to help schools and providers comprehend, in conjunction with their completed risk assessment, what should be considered as ‘appropriate’ filtering and monitoring.