All schools in England will be required to put in place strengthened measures to protect children from harm online – including cyber bullying, pornography and the risk of radicalisation – under plans unveiled by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (22 December 2015). The DfE is also consulting on strengthening the requirements on schools and colleges to keep children safe.
Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson commented:
“We are sure schools and teachers do, and will wish to continue to, ensure the safety of pupils while online in school as they would with any other safeguarding measures.
There is no doubt that the safety of pupils is paramount.
“However, it is naive to think that pupils only access the Internet while at school, which is only tip of iceberg of their online activities.
“There needs to be a package of measures and parents may also welcome more information to safeguard children while online.
“Any additional measures introduced should not increase teachers’ workload burden, which is already at an unacceptable level.”
Voice will take part in the consultation.