Keeping Children Safe in Education
From the 5 September 2016, online monitoring became a mandatory legislative requirement as part of new updates to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) guidelines.
An increased emphasis on online safety in the guidelines means that by law your school or academy now needs to have an appropriate and effective monitoring system in place.
The use of technology is now a significant component of many safeguarding issues including
radicalisation, child exploitation and sexual predation.
The guidance calls for all schools and academies to employ effective online safeguarding mechanisms in order to empower children and safeguard them against online danger.
Compliance will now be inspected as part of Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework.
The Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) guidelines have been updated to strengthen safeguarding practices and strategies in schools.
The revised guidelines place an increased emphasis on online safety and a compulsory mandate has been put in place whereby all schools will now be expected to employ an appropriate online monitoring system in order to identify potential risk in the ICT environment. This is effective from the 5 September 2016 and is a legislative requirement that will be inspected as part of Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework.
The guidance places the responsibility for online safety on all staff and encourages the development of a positive digital culture stating that ‘an effective approach to online safety empowers a school or college to protect and educate the whole school or college community in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene and escalate any incident where appropriate’ (Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2016).
KCSiE identifies three categories of online risk that school staff should be aware of:
- CONTENT: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
- CONTACT: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users
- CONDUCT: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.
Governing bodies and proprietors will be expected to do all that they reasonably can to safeguard children from exposure to the risks outlined above in each school or academies IT system.
The Good News
The service holds an authority licence to safeguard all of your computer devices and as a subscriber to the Technical Support Service, schools and academies will continue to receive E-Safety software at no additional cost.
And there is even more good news….
We are now rolling out the new the E-Safety software to all eligible schools and academies
The safeguarding features of the software include:
Identifying key words, phrases abbreviations or acronyms, which are typed, used or viewed anywhere on the network (including html, web browsers, emails, applications, etc) to help pinpoint vulnerable students potentially engaged in at-risk behavior.
Anonymous pupil reporting tool
An anonymous reporting tool, called Confide, enables students to report concerns (anonymously if they choose), either about themselves or another student, to a trusted member of staff.
Keyword detection libraries
Built in keyword detection libraries to provide definitions relating to a broad range of safeguarding issues to establish the context.
Reporting and analytics
Review and analyse all online safety data down to a granular level and produce detailed reports for the relevant members of staff.
Preventing exposure to inappropriate content and proactively identifying vulnerable students at risk from harm via a comprehensive view of devices.
Track and disable USBs
Tracking, controlling and disabling USB devices across the network to ensure that inappropriate or dangerous content is not exposed to the network.
Enabling schools and academies to manage online access automatically and on-the-fly by user, room, device or session to restrict or enable access to resources
Activity logs and incident handling
Providing access to a historic log of all online activity, including screenshot and video captures, with incident handling and reporting tools to evidence misconduct or safeguarding risks.
Enforce acceptable use policies
Reminding pupils how to behave responsibly online by enforcing acceptable use policies and running reports to measure their effectiveness.