using software to prevent cyberbulling

addressing and preventing cyberbullying by monitoring students online

Nearly 43 percent of kids have been bullied online. One in four students has experienced cyberbullying more than once.

Sixty-eight percent of teens agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem.

Ninety percent of teens who have witnessed social media bullying say they have ignored it.

Only one in 10 victims of bullying will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.

These disturbing statistics from DoSomething.org tell us two things:

  1. Too many young people experience cyberbullying, and we need to do everything we can to stop it.
  2. We need to make it easier for kids to report cyberbullying to adults.

Using behavior management software to monitor students on the Internet while they are at school can help accomplish these large tasks at hand.

What is online monitoring?

Monitoring is an Internet safety feature in behavior management software that protects students from online risks. Behavior management and monitoring software is fundamentally different from content-filtering software. Filters allow or deny access to websites. Behavior management software uses categories, such as lists of words or phrases, to capture and identify inappropriate activity on PCs, laptops, and other digital devices.

Once captured, an automatic screenshot or video recording is logged, allowing school teachers and administrators to identify the context of any potential concerning activity – such as a screenshot identifying a concerning word or phrase, a logged-in user, or an IP address, etc. When students use certain keywords, the software alerts the teacher. This can identify cyberbullying and present a way to confront the situation. As new slang terms trend, keyword lists can be updated on a regular basis.

How is monitoring different than blocking?

Safeguarding children in educational settings is critical. Filtering and blocking Internet content is no longer sufficient when it comes to preventing cyberbullying in schools. Simply blocking Internet access not only closes off the opportunity to gain access to valuable learning resources, but it also removes the ability to identify vulnerable students. Monitoring online behavior, including social media, puts behavior management into the student’s hands. It also gives the teacher a window into what is going on in a student’s cyberworld.

Helping students report cyberbullying

Impero Education Pro classroom management software provides students with a confidential way of reporting any questionable online activities to authorities through its Confide function. Students can find comfort knowing that their submissions are anonymous. They can safely expose a predator without fear of further harassment or “ratting out” their peers. This helps students have a voice when they previously felt like they had none.

The future of Education Pro

At present in the US, Impero Education Pro software provides schools with the ability to create custom keyword lists for monitoring students, which is the first step in preventing issues with violence, suicides, cyberbullying, eating disorders, child abuse, and simply keeping kids safe online. Soon, however, Impero will be rolling out a keyword library specifically geared toward cyberbullying prevention (among other libraries for the above mentioned issues.) This library will be free of charge for those schools who currently have the Education Pro product, and for new purchases of the software.

For a comprehensive explanation of behavior management software, Internet safety monitoring, and Impero Education Pro, you can download a whitepaper here.

Find out more about how Impero education network management software can help your school prevent and deal with bullying by requesting free demos and trials on our website. Talk to our team of education experts by calling 877.883.4370, or by emailing Impero now to arrange a call back.