Safeguarding students both proactively and reactively as they use technology is fast becoming one of the most important concerns across schools worldwide. It’s now central to the new Government proposals announced on 22nd December 2015 to strengthen the current Prevent duty legislation.

NetSupport has now developed new safeguarding technology to incorporate into the education edition of IT asset management solution, NetSupport DNA. The new safeguarding tools now help schools to monitor and alert on any activity by a student using school technology that might suggest that they are engaged in activity that would place them at risk.

This includes the new proactive Keyword and Phrase monitoring feature which uses advanced neurolinguistics technology to provide teachers with an insight into what students are typing (both online and in programs such as Word) and draws on an extensive database of keywords and phrases covering the spectrum of safeguarding topics. This means staff can be alerted to activity by students who are potentially open to physical or emotional harm and allows them to take the appropriate supportive action.

In addition, the reactive “Report a concern” tool gives students the opportunity to ask a nominated and trusted member of staff for guidance across the range of safeguarding issues: from cyber bullying, sexual abuse, eating disorders and pornography to the potential for radicalisation – or simply concerning behaviour by another student.

NetSupport has worked with internationally-operating organisation, the Internet Watch Foundation, collaborated closely with Peterborough City Council and school safeguarding leads, plus conducted ‘in school’ research to understand the language students use, ensuring the new tools meet and exceed schools’ requirements.

Find out more about the education edition of NetSupport DNA here: