We know that eSafety is one of your first concerns when it comes to pupils accessing the internet. Not only do you have to make sure they aren’t accessing anything inappropriate, but you need to be able to keep personal information secure and remove any risk of bullying or abuse.
Here, we’ve answered some of the most frequently answered questions we get about eSafety in the classroom.
How can we guarantee eSafety?
“eSafety is about giving schools a way to let students access online resources in a safe and secure environment. This is achieved through a combination of web filters and device management that prevent access to specific content, but still give enough freedom for students to explore and learn in their own way.”
How does a web filter help?
“Web filters do a number of things, but essentially they’re an easy way to lock down specific content and keep students away from anything you absolutely don’t want them seeing in lessons. Many web filter solutions even have a granular approach, so you can pick and choose what you want different groups of students to have access to.”
Can teachers have individual control?
“Yes, you can essentially create different admin groups and give teachers control over their own departments – so if a science teacher wants students to be able to see a YouTube video, for example, they can unblock it on certain devices without affecting the others in the school.”
What about when students leave the school?
“The other aspect of eSafety is device management which, as well as giving you more control over the devices themselves, will help get parents’ support. You’re able to apply a filter on content and apps even when the iPad has left your network, so parents don’t have to worry about what content is being viewed on them outside school.”
One of the problems we have is students using social media, like Facebook. Do you have any suggestions?
“One of the big benefits of our recommended solution, LightSpeed Systems, is that it includes a tool called My Big Campus, which can be used as an alternative to Facebook in that students can interact with their peers, but it also includes ways to share resources and collaborate. The best part, though, is that the whole thing is monitored by a character called Bob Campus who keeps an eye out for bullying and inappropriate behaviour.”
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By Ade Leader