guidance counselor software
School staff members are responsible for keeping students safe and in line with national, state and local technology guidelines and best practices. Those in dedicated school guidance counselor roles, however, have a specific obligation to take a lead on school safeguarding practices.
As one of the first points of contact for at-risk students, counselors should be required to assess information about safeguarding concerns and then determine the most appropriate response. Tech is now engrained into the education landscape, so digital safety is equally as important as physical safety. Impero Education Pro helps school guidance counselors enforce students’ safety online.
Impero Education Pro: The software of choice for school guidance counselors
If you’re in a guidance counselor role, you’re no stranger to the dangers students face on the Internet — whether it’s exposure to adult content, grooming, cyberbullying, sex or drugs. It’s becoming more apparent that simply blocking students from the Internet is not a good solution. We need to educate our students to make good choices and then ensure that they make said choices.
Impero Education Pro’s online safety functionality uses a range of intelligent monitoring tools to provide context around Internet safety incidents. Monitoring, as opposed to simply blocking students from the Internet, provides young people with the opportunity to learn how to navigate the online world safely and ultimately assess their own risks.
Keyword detection features scan for certain terms typed anywhere on the network, including in email applications, search engines, URLs or HTML. Within the control panel, administrators are able to add in specific keywords that are questionable in nature. If the software detects adult terms or misconduct, it then takes a screenshot or video, and the flagged activity is assigned a severity rating. School staff can then view this information within the wider context of a student’s behavior and make the judgement call.
A network activity log provides a detailed record of Internet safety concerns, which can be used to identify vulnerable students and assess safeguarding issues. This complete and historic log of information also enables schools to identify patterns of misconduct or concerning conversations. Schools can address these issues by providing the appropriate support for particular students, creating class lessons and building school-wide assemblies on Internet safety subjects of concern.
In addition to monitoring keywords, Impero Education Pro includes an anonymous reporting tool called Confide, which enables students to report any concerns they have about themselves or another student to a staff member of their choice completely confidentially.
If you’d like to know more about how Impero Education Pro can help your students or school, please feel free to get in touch with us for more information.