Filtering and monitoring: staff factsheet

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All schools should have filtering and monitoring systems in place to safeguard pupils online. Use our factsheet to explain to staff what these systems are, how they work in your school, and what staff can do to protect pupils from harmful content online.

Last reviewed on 27 July 2023
Ref: 2040

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Use this factsheet to make sure your staff are clear on:

  • What filtering and monitoring is
  • How filtering and monitoring is carried out in your school
  • Their responsibilities when it comes to filtering and monitoring
  • Who to speak to about any IT and/or safeguarding concerns

You could either use it as a basis for talking about the issue at a staff meeting, or send it around for staff to read themselves.

Want to make it more interactive? Use these questions to start a discussion at a staff meeting:

  • What is the difference between filtering and monitoring online activity?
  • What kinds of content should we be filtering in school? Are there any occasions where we might not want to block content?
  • We can't always rely on the software to block inappropriate content. How can we all play a part in monitoring online activity?

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