our internet safety partnerships
Here at Impero, we work closely with our customers, charities, and specialist organizations to ensure that we’re the first to respond to the changing internet safety landscape. This includes making use of new technology and responding to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to help schools gain access to eRate funding. That’s why Impero is trusted by guidance counselors across the United States to help fulfil welfare and safeguarding obligations and keep students safe.
We’re proud that our keyword libraries have been developed in partnership with numerous expert bodies, including the IWF, Victvs, Beat, ABA, and SafeBAE, a charity co-founded by sexual assault survivors Daisy Coleman, Ella Fairon and Jada Smith, who appeared in the NETFLIX documentary Audrie & Daisy.
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 internet 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.
An optional add-on module available with Education Pro, Impero Insight enables guidance counselors to identify safeguarding trends across single or multiple school sites. Transforming data captured by Education Pro, Impero Insight presents detailed and accurate evidence of internet safety concerns into rich-visual dashboards, which can be used to identify vulnerable students and assess safeguarding issues. A complete log of all network activity provides a detailed and accurate record of key statistical information, enabling counselors to identify internet safety patterns. You can then address these issues in to inform topics for digital citizenship sessions, while ensuring access to the relevant support, supporting best practice and proving outstanding leadership.
As mobile devices, such as Chromebooks, are rapidly adopted by US school districts, guidance counselors look for new ways to protect students using mobile devices to support learning. Compatible with Android, iOS and Chrome OS, EdLink is designed to be used alongside Education Pro to enable districts to support BYOD and 1:1 programs, while protecting students and their devices. IT teams are afforded an array of tools to control student-owned and school-owned mobile devices by managing access to content and enabling/disabling settings, as per your school’s acceptable use policies. This centralized approach to MDM serves to keep students protected from the myriad risks of working online when using mobile devices to enable learning, supports successful mobile device integration, and helps to realize the benefits of mobile learning.