It is widely recognised in the education community that there is a requirement to explain the complex legal environment with regards to e-safety in education - specifically as it relates to the technology and processes that can be used to control, interdict and protect pupils and staff.
The closure of Becta (the education technology body) and the movement of its e-safety brief to the Department of Education has created an opportunity to begin to clarify and explain this situation.
This discussion document specifically relates to web content filtering technology and is a pre-cursor to a series of white papers researched and produced by Dr. Brian Bandey, the eminent and internationally recognised expert in e-Safety law. It presents two central questions:
- What level of performance is required in web filtering solutions to meet/exceed the legal threshold for delivering suitable protection?
- Where are the boundaries of liability for local authorities, school/academy governors, head teachers and network managers when delivering web access to pupils and staff.
Smoothwall is an established web security technology company – its primary focus is providing web filtering and security systems for the education, government and enterprise market spaces.
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