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Keeping Children Safe in Education – Cyber Safety

Smooth IT have been providing Primary and Secondary Schools in the Bristol and Bath area with technical expertise in the emerging technologies of cyber safety monitoring systems.

Smooth IT are working with Securus, a Cyber Safety Solution that protects students and staff by alerting Schools’ safeguarding teams to inappropriate or potentially harmful behaviour. It identifies thousands of threats to children every day.

  • Complies with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’

Under this legislation, schools are legally required to have ‘appropriate filtering and monitoring’ systems in place. Compliance will now be inspected as part of Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework. Schools with Securus in place are deemed to meet these new requirements.

  • Meets Prevent Duty

The Prevent duty (section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism & Security Act 2015) places a duty on certain bodies (in particular, places of learning) in the exercise of their functions, to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. Securus helps schools fulfil this duty by promptly alerting staff to potential instances of radicalisation or extremism.

  • Ofsted & ISI Requirements

Online safety is now a key area of focus for both Ofsted and ISI. In fact, it is considered in the inspection of all education remits.

But Why Securus? Current technologies ‘Filter’, the Securus solution also ‘Monitors’. By monitoring all electronic activity across a school’s network, inappropriate content can be detected as soon as it appears on the screen. A screen capture is taken, showing what was displayed at the time, who was involved and when. This ‘capture’ is often missed by filtering, blocking and classroom management systems.  It also ensures that any non-compliant content is recorded before it can be hidden or deleted. Every computer in a school can be monitored, whether or not it is connected to the network and it can capture issues in any application.

Securus are celebrating 15 years of ‘keeping children safe in schools’ with their cyber solutions and to mark this are offering a 15% discount in 2017 to new customers.

Contact us at Smooth IT and we can help you with all technical, compliance and installation aspects of this e safety solution.