logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Forgotten your password?

government finally takes action against Littlegossip

23 December 2011

This time last year schools and other children’s organisations were up in arms over Littlegossip website – a site that lets users anonymously post gossip about educational institutions. It has been reported that comments posted on the site included threats, racial slurs, sexual abuse and other forms of abuse.

The effect of the uproar in 2010? The site closed for 24 hours only to reopen with a tick-box for users to confirm they were over 18. This was meant to appease critics. Fast-forward one year and whilst the DfE has promised it is taking steps to have the site shut down, schools cannot sit back and rest easy.

Cyber-bullying is a deepening issue. Schools need to take reasonable steps to protect staff and pupils from cyber-bullying. As a minimum, schools should have a clear e-safety policy, regular dialogue with parents and pupils on the risks of social-media sites and signed acceptable-use-policies. The DfE are stepping in, but schools need to keep up their good work too.

related opinions

Changes expected on wearing face masks in schools

Yesterday the DfE will announce that, from 17th May, they will no longer recommend that secondary school age pupils wear face masks in classrooms.

View blog

Home Office Central Registry for modern slavery statement goes live - first universities publish statements

The Home Office recently launched a central registry for modern slavery statements. A growing number of educational organisations, including a number of universities, have published statements on the registry.

View blog

Allegations of abuse in schools, colleges and universities

The website “Everyone’s Invited” is a movement which is “committed to eradicating rape culture” and describes “rape culture” as “all the ways that different forms of aggressive and violent sexual behaviour are normalised, encouraged and even admired by society”. Find out more.

View blog

Lateral flow daily contact testing paused

Following last week’s Guardian article about the concerns over lateral flow daily testing for those identified as having been a close contact of a person testing positive for Covid-19, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace (NHSTT) have published a position statement to recommend that daily contact testing in schools will be paused.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up