Appropriate Filtering and Monitoring

Guide for education settings and filtering providers about establishing 'appropriate levels’ of filtering and monitoring


UK Safer Internet CentreSchools in England (and Wales) are required “to ensure children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet in school, including by establishing appropriate levels of filtering”.

Furthermore, the Department for Education published proposed changes to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ for consultation in December 2015. Amongst the proposed changes, schools will be obligated to “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” however, schools will need to “be careful that “over blocking” does not lead to unreasonable restrictions as to what children can be taught with regards to online teaching and safeguarding.”

So what does ‘appropriate’ actually mean?

The UK Safer Internet Centre, led by SWGfL and in collaboration with 360 degree safe assessors and the NEN, recently published a considered definition of what constitutes ‘appropriate filtering’ and ’appropriate monitoring’, primarily aimed at supporting schools in assessing their own filtering and monitoring provision.

"One of the most common questions that the UK Safer Internet Centre Helpline received from schools has reflected the anxiety around what constitutes ‘appropriate filtering and monitoring’. We’re delighted with the welcome that these new definitions have received by both schools and providers alike; providing the structure for schools to better understand their filtering and monitoring services and providers to articulate how their systems work". Director, UK Safer Internet Centre (SWGfL)

The definition includes 3 sections, covering illegal online content, inappropriate online content and additional system features, enabling schools to consider their system provision to determine if it is ‘appropriate’. The guidance can be viewed and downloaded from the UK Safer Internet Centre website.

Written by E-safety Support on May 12, 2016 09:35

Safer Internet Day - #esstips Competition Update

With just under 2 weeks to Safer Internet Day, we are delighted to share the #esstips competition entries we have received so far

UKSIC SID2016

Activites surrounding Safer Internet Day 2016 are hotting up and, as ever, it's proving to be a fantastic opportunity to get pupils involved in the positive aspects of the online environment.

Our #esstips competition has been encouraging pupils to come up with their own positive tip for using the internet. To get involved, all your pupils have to do is come up with a positive e-safety tip that can be tweeted during the run-up to and during ‘Safer Internet Day’.

Entries must be a maximum of 140 characters and include the hashtag #esstips

To submit your school entries:

1) Simply Tweet your entries including the hashtag #esstips from your school Twitter account,
or
2) Submit your entries by email to competition@e-safetysupport.com

Entry is still open and schools can enter as many tips as they wish. All entries must be received before midnight on February 8th 2016 to be included in the competition. Find out more.

Prize update
We are delighted to announce that our partners at Johnny Ross Consultancy are adding to the prize pot. Each of the category winners will receive a one hour consultancy, reviewing their school social media profile, with advice on what they should be doing, what they could be doing and how they can use social media to make a difference for their school.

Entries received so far:
Here are the entries we have received so far:

  • Keep selfies healthy
  • Always tell an adult if something does not feel or look right
  • Being mean to you? Block them and report them
  • Be careful. Unlike the game – you only live once
  • Use a nickname rather than your real name while online. Only your friends will know it’s you.
  • When playing a game, use a Nickname. Don’t be lame
  • Don't use unknown websites
  • Don't open messages from people you don't know
  • Don't put anything on the Web that you wouldn't be happy for your grandma to see.
  • Check your settings. Make sure your safe
  • Did you just have a chat? Stop and think. Do you know them?
  • You only have one life. Don’t share the details
  • If you're being cyber bullied know that you are not alone, speak out to friends, family, peers. Learn how to block unwanted foes!
  • If it doesn’t feel right, leave the site!
  • Private is the way your account should be, your photos only your friends should see!
  • Never assume snapchat pictures disappear right away
  • Would you give someone you do not know your house keys? No. Then don't give someone you don't know online your personal information.
  • Elephants never forget. Neither does the internet
  • THINK. Is it a good idea to send your friends phone number to a person you don't know? NO. THINK NO
  • Don't share your personal details they are the keys
  • When something is said or posted the internet never forgets it
  • Once you’ve posted a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it. This photo isn't just yours anymore!!!!!!!
  • Revealing pictures, unsafe. No revealing pictures, SAFE
  • Be a true friend and always say something if you think that they are at risk and they'll do the same for you
  • Never share your password to anyone not even friends.
  • Never use your name as your username.
  • Always read the terms and conditions.
  • Never share your private details to anyone.
  • Don’t ever post mean comments about anyone.
  • If someone is mean to you don’t delete it, keep the comment as evidence to show your parents.
  • Put your profile on private so no one you don’t know can see your photos and comments.
  • Don’t post any inappropriate pictures or videos.
  • Never giveaway your personal details
  • If you get a nasty message don’t delete it show an adult
  • Don’t send nasty messages
  • Make a nickname- do not use your real name
  • NEVER SHARE ANY PERSONAL OR PRIVATE DETAILS WITH OTHERS!
  • DON’T SEND MEAN MESSAGES TO PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW!
  • KEEP YOUR ONLINE PROFILE AS PRIVATE!
  • USE A FAKE PROFILE NAME SUCH AS A NICKNAME!
  • Never ever put your full details on the internet.
  • Don’t write hurtful things to others.
  • Always tell an adult what you’re doing on the internet
  • Have fun but do the right thing
  • Don’t post embarrassing pictures of yourself unless you have confirmed that only your friends can see it.
  • Don’t post a picture of yourself .
  • Don’t put your address.
  • Change your setting to private!
  • Don’t put your real name.
  • Don’t talk to strangers.
  • Set your profile to private
  • Don’t post a picture of yourself with your school uniform on or with your school logo.
  • Don’t use personal info!
  • Always be careful!
  • Don’t put up your personal information or anyone else’s.
  • Put a picture of you in a cartoon form.
  • Always ask permission before you make a profile.
  • If it doesn’t feel right, leave the site!
  • Private is the way your account should be, your photos only your friends should see!
  • Keep safe online online because your safety should not be thrown away
  • If someone sends a nasty message to you, just ignore it and say toodle-oo!
  • Respect yourself and others online; think before you post.
  • strong password = happy life
  • If there is something your not comfortable with report it to CEOP. Your not alone
  • The internet is a different world and not everyone is who we think they are.
  • Even though winning an I-pad is desirous, You do not want to get a virus. So do not click submit, For it is a counterfeit.
  • Be careful what you post online. You never know who’s behind your screen.
  • Think before you type. Think before you say. Think before you tell. Think before you do. There is always someone to talk to
  • Be careful what you post because you don’t know who is looking at them. Be safe
  • If you don’t trust a person in the street, then why trust someone on the internet
  • We matter, people care, think before you send. Can you prove you’re safe? This is why you should go into your settings and stay PRIVATE
  • If you dig yourself a hole, grab the ladder while you can, it’s long but you need to remember it’s there before it’s too late #staycybersafe
  • Do you know who you’re talking to? Do you know what you’re sending? Do you know WHO you’re sending it to? Take control
  • You are not alone, there is always someone in the same position as you. Don’t be afraid to speak out and tell someone
  • There is always someone to talk to online and on different websites or face to face conversations. If you feel worried or scared.. TALK!
  • If there’s something strange on the internet, who you gonna call? CEOP!
  • Parents nose because they care!
  • There’s always someone to talk to.
  • You wouldn’t go up to a stranger and tell them your password so why do it online?
  • If someone sends you a friendly message online but you don’t know who they are don’t reply. Always tell a parent
  • Never underestimate the ‘send’ button…
  • A good e-safety tip is there is always someone to help you if you’re struggling with an issue.
  • Think, would your parents be proud if this got send to the cloud?
  • Once it’s out there it can never be deleted, no matter how hard you try.
  • If a stranger came to you on the street and asked for your pictures, you wouldn’t give it to them. So DON’T do it online.
  • You might get annoyed with your parents checking your phone all the time – but they care about you! They’re there to protect you.
  • There is ALWAYS someone to talk to. Never talk to strangers! Think! STAY SAFE!
  • Top tips: let your parents know your password – they care. Safe passwords, protective parents, safety online.
  • Know who you are talking to: don’t trust random people

  • 1 click to upload but 1000 to delete
  • Don’t post what you wouldn’t say out loud.
  • Don’t forget that someone can just hit share.
  • Check it before you send it. You never know who can see it!
  • To be safe online just… Destroy your gadgets before you post!
  • be careful what you post on the internet because PDF! People don't Forget!
  • Would you tattoo your digital footprint to yourself because it’s a permanent as one!
  • Don’t be silly guys or you might be in for a nasty surprise!
  • Being private is just like locking your doors and be careful because you don’t want to start any wars!
  • Check your posts: would you like it to be tattooed to your forehead?
  • Remember: posts are permanent.
  • Privacy settings; Be prepared.
  • Be carefull an old man could be looking at the photos you’ve posted right now. He really likes them by the way
  • Think: do you want what ever you post to be tattooed all over your face
  • Your post is permanent, think before you change your future. You can't write in pencil and rub it out!
  • What you post is permanent, post safely before you post your privacy.
  • Not everyone's who they say they are, don’t give strangers personal details
  • be careful everything you post is permanent. People can find your every post.
  • you can remove a tattoo easier than your digital footprint.
  • once its done it can never be undone.
  • once it’s said the web is fed so don’t keep the web hungry for your information.
  • you wouldn’t post your information through someone’s door so why would you post your information through someone’s cyber door?
  • you would'nt walk up to a stranger on the street and tell them all your information so why would you tell a cyber stranger it.
  • be careful what you post on twitter because it may turn out to be quite bitter.
  • Be Aware. Hackers are there! Keep your data safe and in a private place.
  • be careful what you put online because it might not be all rainbows and sunshine.
  • Think before you post-Don’t think DON’T post!
  • A real tattoo only stains your digital tattoo permanently stays!
  • You are better safe than sorry, don’t post information in a hurry!
    Don’t give any personal details away. This includes: phone number, email and address. Identity theft and fraud are out there. Be safe and protect.
  • If the person your talking to is a stranger, they could be the cause of potential danger
  • Don’t ever give out personal information because then people can track you down and then there will be danger!
  • Never give your number to someone you don’t know!!
  • Always remember to think before you do something on the internet because you never know who is looking at your work or profile.
  • Don’t post anything that is about you or your family or inappropriate.
  • Protect your personal infomation, you never know who can see it
  • Always be aware, you never know who’s there.
  • If you could see yourself, would you stop yourself?
  • Don 't trust who you can't see.
  • Don't cause trouble by letting people invade your personal bubble.
  • Don't send nudes to the dudes, don't send pics to the chicks, it takes one second to post, thousands to remove.
  • Always think about what you post, you may regret it in the future and it could effect your chances of getting a job.
  • Don’t send nudes!!
  • You don’t want a scare so always be aware.
  • Don’t send nudes!!words to live by.
  • Think before you post. It will never go away.
  • Nothing EVER goes away once it is online the internet is written with a pen not a pencil, think before u post.
  • Control your thumb, don’t send pics of your bum!
  • Make sure your account is private! You don’t want people stalking you!
  • When you are online, Other people are not blind, So don’t send a picture, of your, BEHIND!
  • Remember, that pics not yours once you post it.
  • Your personal details are personal for a reason, never share them!
  • If you wouldn’t want your gran to see it then don’t post it on the online. Be safe on the internet!
  • Would you be willing to let your whole family see your internet history? Would you really? Why not?
  • Footprints in the sand can easily fade, your digital footprint won't. So let’s hope your footprint is clean ;)
  • Don’t post about people that you wouldn’t want them to post about you. Stop and think before you post.
  • Don’t post things that you would not want your nan to see
  • Posting Checklist –read before you post! 1: Would you be happy to show anyone? 2: Will it make the viewer smile?
  • Would your mum be impressed with it? Would you show it to your friends? If not…DON’T SEND IT!!
  • If you wouldn’t do it in the real world, don’t do it at all :p
  • you can’t get it back once you have posted it. Think before you post. Once you have posted it it’s there for everyone to see.
  • Clicking the post button can create a whole lot of pain for someone why would you want to do that. Think before you post.
  • just remember that everyone can see what you post#think before you post
  • Never meet up with strangers
  • Be careful what you post. Anyone can see it. And be aware for Predators. Think carefully.
  • Would YOU let a random person in your house? Anyone can see what you’re posting. This will change your future!
  • The internet may change your whole life in the future.
  • Think about what you’re doing, don’t post inappropriate things unless you’re expecting the consequences that come with it.
  • THINK BEFORE YOU SEND! T – IS IT TRUE, H-IS IT HELPFUL, I – IS IT INSPIRING?, N – IS IT NECESSARY?, K- IS IT KIND?
  • Be aware when you share. Say no to cyberbullying.
  • Don’t share any personal information online. A website that wants to know your personal information might not bea trustworthy one.
  • Remember think before you post stuff online, if you don’t want it on the front of a newspaper don’t post it.
  • Don’t talk to online strangers or arrange to meet them.
  • Think about what you post and think about the people who can see what you post!
  • On every social media site there is a report button.
  • Don’t put any personal information out there. i.e. where you live, it could be available to anyone and only let people who you know follow/add you.
  • Share it with your friends, but just your friends’, the world isnt your best friend
  • That one click of the button can change your future.
  • You wouldn’t talk to random strangers on the street so don’t do it online
  • Don’t send pictures if you don’t want anyone to see it. You don’t want it on the front of a magazine do you?
  • Don’t post or send anything that you wouldn’t want to be shared with everyone.
  • If you wouldn’t send it to your grandma DON’T SENDIT!
  • Be safe on the online. Make sure that you digital footprint doesn’t get any bigger than your real foot print. BESAFE!!!
  • REMEMBER Be safe online by knowing who you are texting and talking to. If you wouldn’t send it to your Nan don’t send it at all!
  • Think - would you go round showing the world? If you wouldn’t then don’t send it! Remember, the internet is in pen not pencil!
  • If you are using games websites in which you need a username then keep in mind to NEVER use anything related to you.
  • Don’t make your life regrettable, be the good one, be the responsible one! Don’t press send if you know it will give you trouble!
  • Think before you send, you never know what will happen
  • If you wouldn't send it to your grandma, don’t send it
  • You’re smart. You wouldn’t post something you would regret later. Would you? Stay safe and staysmart.
  • Treat your password as your toothbrush, keep it to yourself.
  • Don’t post in anger- THINK! Are you going to regret it later on in life?
  • if you wouldn’t show it to your mum or dad… then don’t put it online!!
  • everyone has an e-safety tip so here is mine. Treat your personal information as a secret.
  • Don’t post when you’re angry or upset. You could regret it later.
  • Don’t post anything you don’t want the world to see-anyone can get at it once it’s out.
  • No matter how much you adore the internet, it’s always important to stay safe
  • Who will see it? Who do you want to know about it? Just THINK about that. Do you want anyone to see it?.
  • Do you know whose following you? If not make sure you do. Pleaseprivate your account.
  • Keep Calm and be Safe on the internet! When you’re safe on the internet your future is safet oo!
  • Think before you post! Is it something someone can use against you?
  • Always remember to check you rprivacy settings on your personal page you never know who’s watching.
  • If someone is upsetting you on social media or using language that you are not comfortable with, don’t sink down to their level.
  • Always keep your social network account to private so that only your friends can view your posts and information
  • Think before you send, think before you save. What’s on your phone and computer matters.
  • Do not send pornographic images to anyone not even your girl/boyfriend.
  • Always keep your social account details private e.g. tell your friends that you will only send a request once.
  • Would you want your parents and family see I tthen why strangers see it. Sexting could result in jail time so don’t let this happen.
  • Your name, address, age, inappropriate or embarrassing pictures. If you don’t want them for everyone to see then don’t post it!
  • When online don’t post anything inappropriate. If you wouldn’t want you’re relative to see the image then it may be inappropriate.
  • Sexting Never do it under18 doing so will get you in trouble with the law and could result in jail time. Think before you send
  • An account will not give the same impression to every viewer; everyone will have their own opinion, make it good.
  • As soon as you have posted or sent the photo it is out of your control. Don’t do anything you will regret.
  • Anyone and Everyone can be strangers. Don’t think it’s cool to have loads of followers even if you don’t know them.
  • If you don’t know the sender, then it might be a pretender!
  • Updating Windows is a must, to leave future problems in the dust!
  • Don’t share any personal details online to people you don’t know, by keeping your account private.
  • Think about what you post online as once it out there you can’t get it back and it could end up affecting schools, universities, jobs and you reputation online and offline. THINK!
  • Think about what you are posting on twitter and any other social networking site
  • think about what you post on the internet cause it could be something mean and you cant delete it
  • Think before you post because you won’t want to see it on the front of the newspaper.
  • Your DigitalFootprint is more permanent than you think!
  • Map out your future but do it in pencil.
  • Sexting is bad, you can’tget a job, it can ruin your life.
  • If you wouldn’t say it to their face don’t say it at all. People can hide behind their computer screen
  • Make sure you never give out personal details on the internet. Things cans pread to anyone in the world!
  • Always check your privacy settings; afriend of a friend of a friend’s uncle’s friend could be able to see your posts!
  • You have a digital footprint? Everything you do on the internet leaves a digital print. So before you putsomething on the internet think!
  • When u follow a person are u always nice? Think of it like following someone in the street then them turning on u and being mean!
  • Be internet safe " Don't assume - be sure"
  • Think. Are you really speaking to someone your own age?
  • Is this really who you think it is ?
  • Online, don’t talk to people you don’t know, you never know how far the conversation will go!
  • Be safe on computers, remember that, don’t be a fool and fall for a trick. Then the hacker will feel like a helpless brick!
  • Treat your password like your toothbrush don’t share it with anyone and change it often.
  • Don't give out personal information online - even if you think you know them
  • Be smart, be safe be an online hero
  • If you can’t be good online, get offline
  • If you don’t know them, say no to them
  • Ready steady check your settings
  • Think before you text
  • If you are worried, reach out and tell an adult
  • Keep calm and surf safe
  • Age limits are there for a reason, don’t pretend to be someone you’re not!

  • Written by E-safety Support on January 27, 2016 11:02

    Get involved in Safer Internet Day 2016

    On the 9th February 2016, millions across the UK and globally will be celebrating Safer Internet Day. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day is a great opportunity to talk to young people about the safe and positive use of technology


    SID 2016For Safer Internet Day 2016 the UK Safer Internet Centre is hoping to build on the successes and momentum of the 2015 campaign, which was supported by over 850 UK schools and organisations, reaching 25% of 11 – 16s. Most importantly the day had a huge impact with a third (32%) of 11-16s changing something about the way that they use the internet after hearing about Safer Internet Day!

    This year’s theme is ‘Play your part for a better internet!’ and provides an opportunity for schools to make the most of the positive opportunities offered online, whilst giving young people the resilience, skills, knowledge and support they need to navigate any online risks they may come across.

    Looking for inspiration…

    To help schools get involved, the UK Safer Internet Centre has shared a list of ideas inspired by schools who have already registered as Safer Internet Day supporters:

  • Run a competition in school. For example, Arundel C of E Primary School are going to be running a poster competition for SID2016.
  • Display the Safer Internet Day posters in your school (coming soon!)
  • Get creative: why not encourage pupils to produce an app, game or video. Sparken Hill Academy are going to produce a Radio Show and TV Show for the day!
  • Help spread the word by promoting the day on social media, through your website or newsletter, or by contacting local press to let them know what you are doing for the day
  • Get young people to take the lead. For example, Loughton School are going to have an assembly run by their Digital Leaders, and schools last year brought together older pupils with young pupils to help in the lessons.
  • Reach out to parents using the Safer Internet Day parent pack, which includes a template letter, resources and a ready-to-use presentation (coming soon!) Why not invite them along to an assembly where they can hear directly from pupils?

    Start celebrating Safer Internet Day now!

  • Display the Safer Internet Day banner or logo on your school website, and link to the UK Safer Internet Centre at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
  • Join the 65 organisations that have already registered as a Safer Internet Day supporters by sharing what you’re doing for Safer Internet Day and submitting your logo to the Safer Internet Day Supporters list.

    To stay up to date:

    Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.uk
    Join the conversation at #SID2016
    Subscribe to UK Safer Internet Centre newsletter

    Don't forget, you can also take part in the E-safety Support, E-safety Tips competition - Click here for competition details.

  • Written by E-safety Support on November 26, 2015 11:51


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