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    Unsupervised Student Use

    Does anyone know if there are any regulations on unsupervised Computer/Internet use for students? We have a number of mini ICT Suites and students tend to gather in these at break and lunchtimes without Teacher supervision. We are a Secondary School so have older students. Mostly they tend to play games, sometimes violent games. Teachers leave the rooms unlocked and dont seem to mind the students being in there unsupervised.

    I just wanted to know if there were any guidelines or regulations under E-Safety for this kind of things.

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    So long as your filters are in place and you can prove you've done the best you can in terms of filtering content, logging what's going on and then documenting anything strange in the log audits, there shouldn't be a problem...

    There's plenty of stuff our county's filter doesn't catch but our's does, as far as I'm concerned we're pretty safe to let kids use the internet relatively unsupervised, but our kids are primary rather than secondary so they seem less inclined to get around any filters in place.

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    Health and safety: Children shouldnt be in any room unsupervised what if one had a fit / was electocuted etc... and wasnt found until an hour later?

    E-Safety: In Primary its a big no no. I've worked in secondary as well and being older they should be more aware of the dangers but they are also much more likely to deliberately look for things they shouldn't. I once found a girl putting her mobile number on a public chat board that she had found (it wasnt being blocked by the filtering) and she couldnt care less / didnt understand what the problem was at all with what she had done...

    You can only point out the problem to your head unfortunately at the end of the day some schools dont see the problem.
    If you have policy central or some such monitoring in place it can mitigate the Esafety problems up to a point but at the end of the day there should be an appropriate adult in the room that is responsible for them.

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    Ultimately the individual teachers and departments need to be held accountable then. As has been said if you've got filtering in place then that's not so much of a worry as the potential for damage to equipment and mess caused by unsupervised students.

    I have one such area that is in the middle of a block which is used by all the surrounding classrooms, and have had similar issues with unsupervised students in there from different classes during lessons, and at break and lunch if it has been left unlocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonWPS View Post
    Ultimately the individual teachers and departments need to be held accountable then. As has been said if you've got filtering in place then that's not so much of a worry as the potential for damage to equipment and mess caused by unsupervised students.

    I have one such area that is in the middle of a block which is used by all the surrounding classrooms, and have had similar issues with unsupervised students in there from different classes during lessons, and at break and lunch if it has been left unlocked.
    I'd agree here also. Do all you can technically to conform to e-Safety and cover yourself, but physically, it's not your job to sit in an IT lab constantly to supervise children. Inform the relevant staff that they shouldn't be in there unsupervised, but draw the line there, if something gets broken, not your fault.

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    If there is no supervision at all (apart from H&S as mentioned previously) consider what happens if the school regularly makes use of additional tools such as Securus for automated logging of what is going on or things like Impero for active monitoring by a teacher during a lesson. Does either of these change if they are left on their own? If the students are usually monitored and know it, and then they are unmonitored and at more risk then you have to take more action as it is different to normal ... if you are sticking to the letter of risk assessments.

    This could be to enforce increased filtering on those devices during certain times of the day when they are likely to be unfiltered, or to turn off internet access completely.

    It all depends on how things are dealt with normally.

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    Let's be honest, even in a supervised room, the staff member doesn't always know everything which is going on, so games sites could be in use, chat boards, inappropriate posting of mobile number, etc. That is why we have content filters and that is why we educate the children in e-safety.

    I reckon this is one to bounce up the chain to SLT - the fact it is an IT Suite is irrelevant, it comes down to what your school's policy on children not being supervised is.

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