Tue January 19, 2016
DfE to strengthen Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) guidelines
On the 22nd December the DfE announced a consultation to update the “Keeping Children Safe in Education” guidance (KCSiE). The consultation is set to strengthen a number of areas including the Prevent Duty and obligations placed on Heads and Governors to monitor student activity in the online environment.
The new proposals announced by Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary will require schools to monitor pupils’ internet use and teach students how to stay safe online. The proposed revisions are designed to ensure that pupils are safeguarded from exposure to radical and extremism ideology in the school environment. Revisions to the guidelines will also use help to tackle other safeguarding issues associated with the digital environment such as cyberbullying and pornography.
New revisions proposed specifcally focus on potential online dangers and suggest the following measures should be in place;
“As schools and colleges increasingly work online it is essential that children are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. As such governing bodies and proprietors should ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place. Children should not be able to access harmful or inappropriate material from the school or colleges IT system. Governing bodies and proprietors should be confident that systems are in place that will identify children accessing or trying to access harmful and inappropriate content online.”
A statement from the Department for Education said “strengthened measures” were necessary because some schoolchildren who travelled or had attempted to travel to Syria had accessed material about Daesh, the militant group also known as Isis, on school computers.
It is already compulsory for schools to teach internet safety and schools are required by law under the Prevent duty to have measures in place to safeguard against radicalisation. New proposals will stregthen these measures to ensure that children are kept safe in the school environment.
The consulation will be ongoing untill 5pm on the 16th February and the Dfe is actively seeking views on proposed revisions to Keeping Chldren Safe in Education. Click here for more information on the proposed revisions and to respond to propsals.
How Future Digital can help your establishment to keep children safe in education
Futures Cloud is developed in line with the requirements under the Prevent duty, placed on schools on the 1st July 2015, meaning through Future Digital's work with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, Kings College, London, that our software now has the ability to capture activity which may indicate unsafe or inappropriate behaviour around radical subject matters in addition to traditional safeguarding areas already in place such as Child Sexual Exploitation, cyberbullying, pornography and a host of off-task activities that impact negatively on learning.
Here are just some of the ways that Future Digital's solutions are already helping you to ensure that your students are kept safe from harm while using your school's ICT:
- Captures and alerts teachers to any harmful digital content, activity or behavior.
- Sophisticated reporting module that utilises an intuitive user interface ensuring instantaneous identification of potentially harmful digital activity.
- Dedicated counter-radicalisation module.
- Profiles trends & behaviours helping staff to form successful safeguarding strategies based on real knowledge.
- Advanced incident management means that staff can identify and focus on more vulnerable children & learners.
- Supports institutions compliance with the Prevent duty.
- Encourages and shapes responsible behaviour in the digital world.