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Childline recently reported that children as young as 7 had told counselors that they had been tormented by malicious messages online. And with tablet ownership among young children increasing, growing from 0% for both 3-4 year olds and 5-7 years olds to 16% and 32% respectively, there’s no denying that technology is now a natural part of their everyday lives.

In our always switched-on world, it’s critical that primary school software allows students to learn how to become good digital citizens from a young age. This means that from the moment they start their first day of school, there’s an ICT programme in place to bring online learning to life.

The opportunities afforded by technology for primary school students can be hindered by the practicalities of tech-based learning, especially with 30 inquisitive students all vying eagerly for the attention of a single teacher. There’s also the element of online safety risk involved when exposing young children to the online world, an ever-growing concern for primary schools since new guidance around online safety and safeguarding was released in the DfE’s KCSiE. So, how can you ensure your students’ safety in the modern-day primary school classroom?

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Impero Education Pro

This one’s for primary school teaching staff: how worn are your shoes from racing between computers trying to prevent younger students from clicking pop-ups or stumbling across inappropriate content? Do your print-happy students contribute to costly paper and toner waste? And how long do you spend trying to direct 30 energetic students to a specific URL? Between lesson planning, marking books and looming assessments, and with only 24 hours in a day, you’re already spreading yourself too thinly. That’s why ensuring that your students get the most from your teaching time is so important. With new requirements outlined in the DfE’s KCSiE guidance, you also have a pressing duty of care to safeguard students at potential risk.

The online world can open up a host of content that younger children aren’t yet old enough to understand. But why shouldn’t they be able to access resources beneficial to their learning? With the ability to manage access to websites and applications, alongside real-time monitoring, Impero Education Pro primary school software helps to keep distractions and unsuitable content at bay. At the click of a button, teachers can lock screens to focus learning or remote control any student device to solve issues. A live thumbnail view of all devices means student activity can be closely monitored on-the-fly, while real-time alerts of ‘flagged’ activity (with screenshot or video recording captures to provide the context), keep students focused and safe. This, along with keyword detection, including built-in keyword libraries based on a range of safeguarding issues, identifies students at potential risk, so primary schools can provide the appropriate support.

Impero iSafeguard

In a primary school setting, and because of their day-to-day contact with young children, school staff have a legal obligation to proactively spot the signs of safeguarding and child protection risks. In an effort to maximise the identification of potential risk, the DfE and Ofsted has made yearly safeguarding training compulsory for all staff working in a school environment. With twelve individual topics to cover, and the costly and time-consuming nature of planning training days, it can prove a logistical nightmare for primary schools to organise.

Impero has partnered with safeguarding experts Victvs to develop a new safeguarding and child protection programme, Impero iSafeguard, where staff can study course material, at their convenience, via an e-learning hub. With 24/7 access, there are twelve individual modules which cover all topics outlined by the DfE, including the Prevent duty, child sexual exploitation and bullying awareness. CPD accredited, members will receive certificates when completing each of the three levels of the course and will also have access to an online training hub where they can connect with the wider safeguarding community to share experiences and advice or ask questions. Senior leadership teams can also track staff progress through the portal to provide compliance during inspection processes.

Impero EdLink

Ofcom’s November 2016 media uses and attitudes report revealed that 55% of 8-11 year olds use Facebook and 50% of 9-12 year olds who own a smartphone feel a pressure to ‘always be online’.  As primary schools race to implement BYOD and 1:1 programmes to support learning, the need for an effective solution to manage these devices increases. Whether your primary school uses school-owned mobile devices or student-owned devices – or a combination of both – Impero EdLink ensures primary schools can track, manage and monitor devices and students. Using geolocation technology, primary schools can control device applications and settings, so different rules can be applied whether the device is inside or outside the school grounds. Controls can also be established based on the time of day or age of the students, enabling primary schools to ensure that very young children have limited access, for example, while those in year 5 or 6 have slightly greater access to age-appropriate content.

When used in conjunction with Education Pro, EdLink empowers primary school staff to use Education Pro’s teaching and instruction tools across both student-owned and school-owned mobile devices, so that you can ensure students remain focused and safe using mobile devices to enhance learning.