In a world of online learning, data protection has never been more important. Have you got your bases covered? Lynne Taylor advises

In recent months, schools have had to adapt rapidly to the new normal of remote learning. There is no doubt that teachers, parents and pupils alike have demonstrated great resilience and dedication during this period, but distance learning has also brought increasing challenges and dangers.

Online platforms have been instrumental in enabling students to continue learning, but there will unfortunately always be dangerous individuals who are willing to exploit such situations to steal from or harm young and vulnerable people. Data protection has never been more important and in certain cases is the first line of defence in safeguarding.

It is vital that the importance of data protection procedure is recommunicated to teachers during this time, whether they are currently working from school or remotely. This is especially true for teachers who are working from home, as the risks are even higher. With students communicating on a range of unknown and “unmanaged” devices, the dangers escalate.

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