Online safety: Filtering and monitoring

Schools are reminded to check that filtering and monitoring are correctly working across all their devices, especially any mobile devices being used.

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published guidance for education settings and filtering providers about appropriate filtering and monitoring.

It includes free pdf downloads for filtering, monitoring, and the charity is also encouraging schools to use free self-review tools such as that will support a school in assessing wider online safety policy and practice.

Schools are encouraged to follow five steps:

The charity also urges schools to clearly communicate their reporting mechanisms with all those who use devices and to ensure that acceptable use policies are “clear, understood and respected by all”.

Headteacher Update’s resident safeguarding writer Elizabeth Rose has also offered her advice for schools in a recent article on online safety and safeguarding, including staff training, using the curriculum, school policies and filtering and monitoring (Rose, 2022).

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