Preventing Data Security Breaches in Schools

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Schools must consider how to prevent breaches of data through the internet, intranet, and email systems.

  • Does the school have a Data Protection Policy in place?
  • Does the school have a Use Policy in place?
  • Is the use of the internet, email, and/or chat rooms monitored and regulated in some way?
  • Are filtering systems used to prevent access to inappropriate materials and sites on the internet and network?
  • Is there a reporting procedure in place for accidental access to inappropriate materials or sites?
  • Is internet safety taught as part of the curriculum?
  • Does the school follow safe practices when publishing images and names of students on their website?
  • Is information sent to parents via email?

Indicators of inadequate data protection practices include a lack of e-safety education across the curriculum, no internet filtering or monitoring, and students being unaware of how to report problems.

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Aim of the European Schools

Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.

Marcel Decombis, Head of European School, Luxembourg between 1953 and 1960

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