More than a third of UK school children admit bypassing internet blocks at school
11 February, 2014 – London, UK – Thirty-five per cent of UK students*, have circumnavigated online blocks put in place by their schools to access prohibited websites including pornographic, gambling and self-harm domains, and ten per cent admit to visiting these sites three times or more a month.
Further questioning by e-safety software specialist, Impero, also revealed 45 per cent admit to knowing classmates who have accessed prohibited websites at school.
Jon Valentine, managing director of Impero comments: “Not only have we exposed a worrying pattern of online behaviour, but we have shown that blocking measures have little impact when students are determined to access content. Ninety-six per cent of the students questioned said their schools rely on website blocking – that’s obviously not working. Now is the time to adopt a different approach and monitor online behaviour instead. This will allow schools to act proactively and react appropriately in the event of protocol breaches.”
The survey also asked students about incidents of online bullying and trolling, finding 35 per cent have been the victim to these activities.
Valentine continues: “It’s clear that online safety is an important lesson schools need to make sure their pupils are getting. The high number of pupils that have fallen victim to online bullying also suggests schools need to give pupils a safe, secure and anonymous way to report incidents.
“Amazingly national sex education guidelines haven’t been updated since the turn of the century and – teachers need educating on current technology and online terminology in order to keep pace with their pupils’ activities.”
*Based on a survey conducted with 203 students aged between 13 and 18.
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Impero Software offers a range of network management products, relied upon by education establishments and workplaces around the world. Founded in 2002, it is currently accessed via one million computers in over 40 countries. In the UK it is a market leading provider of Classroom and Network Management Software, with a 27 per cent market share of secondary schools and 24 per cent of colleges.
The company provides intelligent school ICT management helping teams, cut costs and improve staff productivity. Its cutting edge software and powerful learning tools assist schools in the day to day running of their computer network, putting teachers back in control of the classroom and enabling them to proactively deal with e-safety on a daily basis.
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