Safeguarding our Children in the Digital Age

The Prevent Duty requires children to be protected by monitoring and filtering online activity.

Safeguarding:

A protective arm around the shoulder of the vulnerable; proactive but not snooping.

The internet is an essential aid to learning in Schools, Colleges & Universities; however, this treasure chest of knowledge has dark corners wherein lie hazards for the vulnerable and unwary.

If safeguards are not in place children are exposed to risk when online.

Since 2015, preventing students viewing unsuitable material has no longer been simply a moral obligation for educationalists. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act of that year requires educational establishments to provide security measures to prevent the radicalisation of young people by groups that use the internet to publish extremist ideology.

The Extent of the Problem

The NSPCC reports that Childline conducted 11,000 counselling sessions with youngsters about online issues during 2015.

Ofcom conducted an enquiry in 2015 that examined the media literacy of children. The enquiry revealed that:

  • In the age range 8 to 11 years one in five children has a media profile.
  • This rises to seven in ten 12 to 15 year olds.
  • One in four children have had an upsetting experience when online.

Monitoring and control of the internet in the home environment is of course the responsibility of parents but they must be confident their children are being adequately protected, and helped to browse the Internet safely, when at School, College or University. We can provide that protection.

The Solution

Using the iboss Cybersecurity system, head teachers, teachers and safeguarding officers working together can maximise the benefits of pupil access to online material while effectively reducing risk.

Filtering

Schools and colleges can introduce appropriate filtering that allows constructive use of the resource without curtailing it to the extent that it becomes an ineffective research and learning tool.

Monitoring

The software will also flag up keyword searches that might cause concern, e.g. a child or young person searches for Childline. A discreet enquiry could then be made to establish the reason for the search. An example of invaluable proactive protection in action.

Coverage

Children using the network in their place of education are protected from radicalisation, cyber bullying and grooming. This applies to personal devices brought into protected premises as well as installed systems.

Talk to our Experts

For a full explanation of how the system operates and the level of control available to Safeguarding Officers please contact one of our safeguarding experts by calling 0115 940 5550 or by using the online form below:

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

- NSPCC