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internet safety software: why you should be aware of cyberbullying

13th November 2014

As a parent or teacher, how many times have you peered over your child or student’s shoulder to peek at what they’re typing? Does it all just look like a jumble of letters – does it look like nonsense to you? Although these acronyms and abbreviations may appear harmless at first glance, these random sequences of letters can disguise some harrowing messages, usually designed with malicious intent.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been busy speaking to educational professionals at a range of tradeshows across America. These conversations have highlighted a few recurring topics that are concerning those working in education the most. One of these concerns is centered on the issue of bullying and the subsequent rise of cyberbullying in an increasingly digital world. With 71.9% of students admitting to being cyberbullied at least once or twice in the school year, Internet safety software has never been so necessary.

Research has also shown that cyberbullying has serious negative effects, including lowering self-esteem, an increase in depression and producing feelings of powerlessness. A huge 95% of teenagers aged between 12 and 17 are now online and 80% of online teens are users of social media sites. The rise in young people using the online world increases the risk of mean and cruel behavior on social media sites, demonstrated by the next shocking figure, with 88% of teenagers using social media stating that they have witnessed this type of behavior.

 

how can Internet safety software help?

As technology becomes more commonplace in education, it’s vital that schools are considering effective internet safety software to prevent and tackle instances of cyberbullying. Good internet safety software will not only allow schools to monitor student activity on devices in real-time, it will also help to flag incidents of cyberbullying by identifying common acronyms, abbreviations and phrases associated with online bullying. A library of terms that educators should be aware of in the 21st Century digital world can also be accompanied by a glossary of definitions; this helps those involved in educating or monitoring young people online to understand the nature of a potential cyberbullying incident and supports schools to respond with the best and appropriate action.

Impero’s internet safety software for kids enables schools to monitor and scan for key cyberbullying terms. If you’re aware of particular issues, such as racism, these terms can be localized to the specific school district, or even a specific school. Our flexible solution allows schools to proactively manage and prevent cyberbullying behavior, ensuring the safety of students when using technology to enhance the learning environment.

Find out more about Impero’s internet safety software schools.

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