Impero launches website-filtering software to further protect students online
Impero Web:check scans approximately 150 million new URLs every day, catching and filtering on average 408,000 webpages for inappropriate content
Austin TX, June 9, 2020 – Student safety leader Impero today launched Impero Web:check, a real-time web content filtering solution for schools. Powered by Netsweeper, Impero Web:check analyzes web content in real-time, protecting students from inappropriate or malicious content both in and out of the classroom.
Impero Web:check blocks potentially harmful material in multiple languages across more than 90 areas, including extremism, weapons, and substance abuse. The software also provides regular reports highlighting concerning patterns in student web activity so that staff can reach out to offer support to students at risk. The software scans approximately 150 million new URLs each day and categorizes and filters on average 408,000 webpages in real-time, ensuring that blocklists are always up to date.
Impero Web:check helps schools comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which requires schools to block harmful or inappropriate content.
Justin Reilly, former teacher and CEO of Impero, said “The ubiquity of the internet and mobile devices enables educators to enhance education and offers great opportunity for learning. But it’s an undeniable fact that online risks have increased over the years and especially during the lockdown. This was a major topic of discussion at our recent safeguarding virtual roundtable, where experts discussed the growth and proliferation of online threats. The FBI anticipated that the lockdown would increase online child sexual exploitation and according to news reports this appears to be the case. We must do everything in our power to protect children from these threats and to ensure that students remain safe as they return to the classroom.
“As a former teacher, I know that safeguarding is the foundation of effective teaching. Giving students access to the internet brings a whole new set of safeguarding issues, which teachers cannot be expected to monitor manually. Impero Web:check is the latest addition to our suite of safeguarding tools that provide teachers and schools with peace of mind that children are protected from malicious and harmful content online.”
Available on-site or cloud-hosted, the software enforces the ‘Safe Search’ functionality across popular web search engines such as Google, Bing and YouTube. Impero Web:check protections can be applied outside of the classroom by delivering traffic directly back to the school via a device filter, which is available as an add-on.
Impero Web:check works alongside Impero Education Pro, allowing for filtering alongside monitoring, creating the ultimate student online safety package.
Impero Web:check is available for schools at: www.imperosoftware.com/us/impero-webcheck.
Jessica Axt – KEH Communications
Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, Impero Software is now accessed by over 2 million devices in over 90 countries.
Impero’s cutting edge EdTech software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Impero’s sophisticated online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology, monitoring and reporting tools to help schools safeguard students online and offline. For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com
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