Academies: ICT

Education written question – answered on 20th January 2014.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many academies have supplied tablets to their students; whether such academies are required to impose filters on such tablets; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department for Education does not hold information on school equipment. This is held by individual schools. Academies can make their own decisions on ICT expenditure, including the purchase of tablets.

Individual schools are responsible for ensuring that ICT systems are secure. This should address the following:

1. Protecting pupils from external threats, which may be brought into the school through an internet connection or external media, or through websites with inappropriate content, online chat rooms, online gaming, etc.

2. Protecting pupils from internal threats, such as internal e-mail and other communication systems, and cyber-bullying.

3. A secure internet service should have filtering and user monitoring facilities on e-mail, web browsing, social networking and messaging services.

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