Following the consultation earlier in year, the latest update to the Keeping Children Safe in Education document that applies from September was released just before half term. The feedback from the consultation and the new guidance can be found by following this link.
There has been significant increase around the area of online safety;
Increased emphasis has been placed on the role that all staff have in regards to online safety and that schools should ensure that they receive regular updates to make sure that they are all aware of the issues.
Sexting, Cyberbullying, Radicalisation and Child Sexual Exploitation are still highlighted as specific issues and these are all areas where technology is having a significant impact.
Although filtering has always been seen as a key tool in safeguarding our students it is now being referenced directly in this document and supported by guidance from the Safer Internet Centre (SIC). However mention has been made for the first time to the requirements around monitoring network use has been highlighted and again with supporting guidance from the SIC. For more on this aspect of the guidance follow this link
Of particular interest is the emphasis now being placed on the teaching of preventative eSafety. Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that online safety is specifically covered within the curriculum. The responsibility for teaching children about online safety is clearly identified as not being the sole responsibility of the computing curriculum and therefore must be woven throughout the curriculum. Online safety education should start within early years and be developed throughout the year and across all age groups.
An excellent blog article giving a greater breakdown of the impact of the new guidance has been written by a Rebecca Avery, a colleague from Kent on the CEOP Education board and highlights in greater details the changes and their potential impacts. This can be found by following this link.