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Public, private, model, Arabic and international schools across the UAE are facing new pressures when it comes to the safety of their students, the security of their networks and the capability of their digital resources.

A new project launched on Safer Internet Day will see UAE schools assessed and evaluated based on their cyber security standards. New legal and education policies, such as the UAE Federal Law on Child Rights and Adec’s Child Protection Policy, now require school staff to identify and report safeguarding concerns promptly. With 42% of students revealing in survey by ICDL Arabia that they do not feel confident that their school would be prepared to help them if they encountered a problem online, how can schools across the UAE maximize the benefits of digital learning without putting their school network or students at risk?

The importance of integrated technology in education has become more important than ever. In order to make the most of digital resources, UAE schools are looking to transform their approach to EdTech to improve learning safely.

the first to respond to the changing internet safety and EdTech landscape

Impero has partnered with a range of internationally-recognized charities and organizations, including the IWF and SafeBAE (a charity co-founded by sexual assault survivors who appeared in the NETFLIX documentary Audrie & Daisy) to ensure that we’re the first to respond to the changing internet safety and EdTech landscape. Using new technology and expert advice, Impero’s solutions are trusted by schools across the UAE and the globe to keep students safe.

For international schools in the UAE following a British curriculum and looking to comply with statutory guidance outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education, our flagship product for education, Impero Education Pro, is compliant with the UK Safer Internet Centre’s appropriate monitoring provider checklist.

 

Impero Education Pro

Impero Education Pro provides education establishments across the UAE with an innovative suite of network management, classroom control and internet safety tools, designed to help harness technology.

One-click classroom control and instruction tools, combined with real-time monitoring and keyword detection, empowers teachers to use technology confidently for teaching. A flexible assessment tools feature, including a feature-rich exam module, enables teachers to track student learning across the establishment. The ability for IT teams to remotely manage and monitor the status of an education establishment’s network and IT assets – from software licensing and inventory management, to computer usage monitoring and the remote deployment of an MSI or command prompt – reduces disruptive downtime and improves efficiency and security.

Impero Education Pro’s comprehensive internet safety feature, developed in response to best practice guidelines, ensures preventative measures are in place to deal with a range of safeguarding risks proactively – from adult content, bullying and trolling and grooming to race and religious hatred and more. Real-time monitoring, keyword detection libraries and an advanced incident log helps education establishments to respond to risk before it escalates, while access to screenshots and video recordings provides the context of captured activity. This enables education establishments to handle risk quickly and appropriately.

 

Impero EdLink

What about mobile device management? Compatible with Android, iOS and Chrome OS, Impero EdLink is designed to be used alongside Impero Education Pro to enable education establishments to support BYOD and 1:1 programmes, while protecting students and their devices. IT teams are afforded an array of tools to control student-owned and school-owned mobile devices by managing access to content and enabling/disabling settings, as per the establishment’s requirements and acceptable use policies. This centralized approach to MDM serves to keep students protected from the myriad risks of working online when using mobile devices to enable learning.

The general management of mobile devices is also simplified; education IT teams can control device settings by pushing out actions in bulk, such as installations and updates, or enforcing safe search or forcing single application mode. With granular reporting, intelligent SSID, GPS and iBeacon technologies, Impero EdLink is designed to help education establishments support successful mobile device integration and realize the benefits of mobile learning.

 

Impero Insight

An advanced reporting and analytics tool, Impero Insight enables education establishments to have access to a comprehensive overview of a school’s Impero data, presented via a visual dashboard. This data can be reviewed, compared or contrasted to help identify trends, such as safeguarding issues, across individual or multiple school sites – such as international schools spread over disparate campuses. With granular permissions, and the ability to tailor dashboards for different staff members Impero Insight ensures that data is secure and the right staff members have access to the right information.

Using Impero Insight, schools can support good decision-making and support a best practice approach by reviewing data on a school, classroom or student basis. This ensures that policies, such as those related to online safety or safeguarding, are being followed and any areas which require improvement can be identified and addressed quickly.

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