Appropriate filtering and monitoring
A Guide for education settings and filtering providers
Guide for education settings and filtering providers about establishing ‘appropriate levels’ of filtering and monitoring.
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. Department for Education’s statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ obliges schools and colleges in England to “ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place. Children should not be able to access harmful or inappropriate material from the school or colleges IT system” however, schools will need to “be careful that “over blocking” does not lead to unreasonable restrictions as to what children can be taught with regards to online teaching and safeguarding.”
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.
Guide for education settings and filtering providers about establishing ‘appropriate levels of filtering’
Guide for education settings and filtering providers about establishing ‘appropriate levels of monitoring’
We invite filtering and monitoring providers and integrators to self-certify their systems using our checklist and their responses are hosted here.
Filtering and monitoring providers are invited to submit completed checklists to the UK Safer Internet Centre.