October 10th, 2012 by Clare
As schools strive to be innovative with technology but budgets are squeezed, allowing staff and students to use their own technology in the classroom is becoming more popular. Opinion however is divided, will BYOD save money and have a positive impact on learning or is it a security and safety nightmare waiting to happen?
Recognising this, NEN the Education Network is beginning a major piece of work in partnership with industry and other interested groups. They want to hear your voice and thoughts on the use of personal devices in the classroom. Please contribute by following this link:
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September 20th, 2012 by Richard
A new report released on the 19th September which aims to help schools ensure they are handling pupils’ personal information in-line with the law. The report has been written by the Information Commissioner’s Office, and gives practical advice on how to comply with the Data Protection Act. It was prompted by a survey of 400 schools across nine local authority areas that showed that whilst awareness of data protection laws was generally good, schools need to pay more attention to complying with data protection law.
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March 22nd, 2012 by Clare
Monday 30th April 2012 – Central London
The challenge of empowering children to stay safe online has never been greater. With the explosion of social networking and increasingly
advanced technologies in handheld devices and phones, how can you keep one step ahead to protect children and young people?
Capita’s established Child Protection in the Digital Environment Conference covers the latest research and national policy driving this agenda. With input from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and the Department for Education, this conference focuses on
the key themes including:
• Effectively engaging and upskilling parents to support safe online practices at home
• Tackling cyberbullying and harassment of young people, teachers and parents
• Managing the benefits and risks of social networking
• Tailoring support services to protect the most vulnerable
• Adopting a multi agency approach to identifying, monitoring and reporting risks and safeguarding concerns.
For more information:
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December 14th, 2011 by Richard
Have you tried out the new eSafeguarding MOT to test your school? Why not download it today to check your schools progress.
For further information why not contact a member of the YHGfL eSafeguarding Team on contact(at)yhgfl.net to have a free eSafeguarding consultation.
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December 13th, 2011 by Richard
Over the last three years The i in online has delivered training on privacy issues to over 10,000 school children and their teachers across the UK and Ireland. To support schools, parents and teachers in raising awareness around Data Protection Day they have developed a series of resources.
This resources are completely FREE for all teachers and parents. Why not take a look?
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August 17th, 2011 by Victoria
The ICO has recently issued details of a school in Hampshire which has been disciplined after a pupil hacked into the management information system and leaked the personal details of 20,000 people linked to the school, including pupils, staff and parents.
The hack – which happened in March and involved one of the school’s pupils – exposed pupils’ names, addresses, photographs and some sensitive information relating to their medical history. Personal information relating to the pupils’ parents and teachers was also compromised during the breach.
The ICO’s investigation uncovered that the security of the school website had been compromised by a member of staff who had used the same password to access both the school’s website and data management systems. This password was subsequently discovered during the original hacking incident and then used by a pupil to access other parts of the system. The school had advised staff to avoid the use of duplicate passwords; however, no checks were in place to make sure this policy was being followed.
The problem was identified shortly after the hack occurred and the security of the website was immediately restored. The school reported the breach to the ICO on 17 March.
Sally Anne Poole, Acting Head of Enforcement said: “While it can be difficult to remember lots of different passwords, it is vitally important that individuals do not use the same password to login to data systems that are supposed to be kept secure. This is particularly important when the systems allow access to sensitive information relating to young adults.”
For further information visit the ICO website
If you are concerned about the security of your school data our website holds a number of resources that can be used to audit and support you in ensuring your school is eSecure. It includes a case study documenting the journey of one school as they audited and produced an action plan for developing eSafeguarding procedures.
If you would like further information or support then please email us on
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July 8th, 2011 by Clare
Our friends at Sophos have posted a really useful article on their award winning blog explaining all about mobile phone hacking, how it works and what you can do to protect yourself from people wanting to access your voicemails. Well worth a read!
Sophos article on mobile phone hacking
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May 12th, 2011 by Victoria
This is a short video file resource, which can be used for information security training purposes. It stresses this importance of confidentiality with regards to password security, keeping your password secret and not using obvious, easy-to-guess password choices. This video clearly demonstrates how easy it is to guess someone’s password through social engineering.
For further advice or support with eSafeguarding matters visit our website www.yhgfl.net/eSafeguarding or email contact(at)yhgfl.net
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May 4th, 2011 by Victoria
Is your school registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office?
All schools hold personal and sensitive information on staff and pupils, because of this they must register with the ICO as a data controller as part of their data protection obligations.
As part of our continuing commitment to eSafeguarding our eSecurity Manager has created a helpful document outlining the registration process which can be downloaded from our main website.
Information regarding your responsibilities and obligations regarding data protection can be found at:
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April 28th, 2011 by Victoria
Freehold Community School in Oldham has been found in breach of the Data Protection Act after the theft of an unencrypted laptop from a teacher’s car. The laptop contained personal information relating to 90 pupils at the school.
The school reported the breach to the ICO in January after an unencrypted laptop was stolen from the boot of a teacher’s car when parked at their home overnight. The ICO’s enquiries found that the school was unaware of the need to encrypt portable and mobile storage devices, although it did have a policy in place informing staff that storage devices should not be kept in cars when away from the school premises.
Acting Head of Enforcement, Sally-Anne Poole said:
“It is vitally important that organisations take the necessary precautions to ensure that people’s personal information remains secure. The fact that the school was unaware of the need to encrypt the information stored on their laptop shows that many organisations continue to process personal information without having the most basic of security measures in place.
“We are pleased that Freehold Community School has taken action to ensure that pupils’ personal information will be better protected in the future.”
Joyce Willetts, Head Teacher, of Freehold Community School, has signed an undertaking to ensure that portable and mobile devices including laptops and other portable media used to store and transmit personal data are encrypted using encryption software which meets the current standard or equivalent. Staff will also be trained on how to follow the schools policy for the storage and use of personal data and the school has agreed that its policies on data protection and IT security issues will be appropriately and regularly monitored.
At YHGfL we offer a range of support, guidance and advice sheets on eSecurity including some handy checklists that you can use to evaluate data security in your school.
If you would like support or advice on ensuring your school data is safe then visit www.yhgfl.net/eSafeguarding or email contact(at)yhgfl.net
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