Online safety in schools

Last updated on 3 May 2017
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Proformas for recording an incident, our summary of the statutory guidance, advice from our experts on online filtering and more.

Keeping Children Safe in Education explains that:

  • Children should be safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material
  • Schools should ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place

It also recommends taking a whole-school approach to online safety, including a clear policy on the use of mobile technology in school.

The Key can support you with all aspects of complying with statutory guidance, and any other e-safety related issue that crosses your desk.

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