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Did you know that 1 in 10 Canadian teenagers say they have been a victim of cyberbullying, while over 35% have seen inappropriate comments about someone they know online? Cyberbullying is criminal offence in Canada and, because there are many provincial laws related to cyberbullying, school guidance counsellors are required to stay clued-up and respond appropriately.

Whether it’s exposure to indecent content, grooming, cyberbullying or, more recently, growing concerns over students in Canada suffering from anxiety disorders, you’ll be concerned about your student’s safety in the digital world.

Typically the first point of contact for students at risk, you’ll be required to assess information about pastoral concerns and determine the most appropriate response. Technology is now fully locked into education, and Impero Education Pro helps you to enforce your school, or school board’s, ICT and internet safety acceptable use policies.

our online safety partnerships

Here at Impero, we work closely with our customers, charities, and specialist organizations to ensure that we’re the first to respond to the changing online safety landscape. This includes making use of new technology and stay abreast of change. That’s why Impero is trusted by school guidance counsellors across Canada to help keep students safe.

We’re proud that our keyword libraries have been developed in partnership with numerous expert bodies, including the IWF, Victvs, Beat, ABA, and SafeBAE, a charity co-founded by sexual assault survivors Daisy Coleman, Ella Fairon and Jada Smith, who appeared in the NETFLIX documentary Audrie & Daisy.

Impero Education Pro

As safeguarding concerns continue to rise, it becomes increasingly evident that simply blocking access proves an insufficient solution to internet safety.

Impero Education Pro’s internet safety functionality has been developed around a best practice managed approach and is designed to provide the context around internet safety incidents using a range of intelligent monitoring tools. Monitoring, as opposed to simply blocking, provides young people with the opportunity to learn how to navigate the online world safely and, ultimately, assess risk for themselves.

Keyword detection scans for when certain terms are typed anywhere on the network, including in an email, an application, search engine, URL or HTML. Our keyword detection libraries, based on adult content, bullying and trolling, eating disorders, LGBT derogatory language, racial and religious hatred, counter-radicalization, and self-harm, among others, provide school safeguarding staff with a glossary definition of terms, acronyms and abbreviations to help put a student’s online activity, and potential risk, into context.

If the software detects these terms, or other incidents of inappropriate behaviour, an automatic screenshot or video capture is taken, and this flagged activity is assigned a severity rating. School guidance counsellors can then view this information within the wider context of a student’s behaviour, so the most appropriate response can be made.

A complete log of all network activity provides a detailed and accurate record of internet safety concerns, which can be used to identify vulnerable students and assess internet safety issues. This complete and historic log of information also enables counsellors to identify internet safety patterns; schools can then address these issues to inform dialogues with students, while ensuring access to the relevant support.

Impero Education Pro also includes an anonymous reporting tool, Confide, which enables students to report any concerns they have about themselves or another student to a staff member of their choice.

Impero Insight

Using advanced reporting and analytics, Impero Insight provides guidance counsellors with a complete log of all network activity. Access to this detailed data is presented via a visual dashboard, which can be tailored for specific stakeholders (including yourself) to identify vulnerable students and assess student welfare issues. This complete and historic log of information also enables schools to identify internet safety patterns; schools can then address these issues to inform dialogues with students, while ensuring access to the relevant support. This supports go decision-making, facilitates a best practice approach to internet safety and student welfare in line with provincial laws, and keeps students safe.

As mobile devices, from iPads to Chromebooks, are rapidly adopted by schools across the UK, safeguarding staff are tasked with finding ways to protect students using mobile devices to support learning. Compatible with Android, iOS and Chrome OS, EdLink is designed to be used alongside 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 your school’s acceptable use policies. This centralised approach to MDM serves to keep students protected from the myriad risks of working online when using mobile devices to enable learning, supports successful mobile device integration, and helps to realise the benefits of mobile learning.

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