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More than a third of Dutch youngsters have engaged in contact with strangers online and 26% of Dutch children had encountered potentially harmful user generated content. Young people in the Netherlands possess better digital skills than the European average, but does this minimize the risks they face online?

High level IT infrastructures across the Dutch education systems means that digital learning is commonplace across schools. However the National Cyber Security Council says that, in order to secure the digital future of Holland, Dutch children need to be taught digital skills to prepare them for an increasingly connected society.

School counsellors are required to ensure the safety and protection of students from a range of safeguarding risks, including cyberbullying laws that regulates a school’s responsibility in terms of student security.

Impero EdProtect’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 EdProtect 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.

 

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