2013 saw an 87% increase in children contacting Childline regarding cyber bullying from 2012. The charity also reported increases in racist bullying, self-harm and suicidal thoughts at 69%, 41% and 33% respectively since 2012. Childlines founder, Esther Rantzen said: “far too many of the nation’s children seem to be struggling and in despair. It’s so important that we support children to talk about issues and look out for signs that they’re not able to cope.”
Educating children about how to stay safe online is no longer a desirable ‘add-on’ – it’s an essential part of child protection. Within schools, Ofsted places a strong emphasis on safeguarding, assessing how school leaders ensure their pupils are safe online. So, how can we safeguard children in this digital age? The answer lies in Redstor Safeguarding, in partnership with Securus Software. Securus Software is the only school monitoring system to be developed and overseen by child protection specialists detecting issues such as:
- Racial, homophobic and religious harassment
- Indicators of distress
- Inappropriate language
- Online grooming and sexual abuse
- Explicit images
The software works by identifying potential child protection issues online, empowering schools to provide an immediate informed response on issues which may otherwise go undetected. To learn more, please visit our Safeguarding webpage. Alternatively, Redstor will be showcasing our services, including Redstor Safeguarding, at The Bett Show. This will take place at Excel from the 22nd – 25th January 2014. Bett is Europe’s leading education technology trade show, attracting over 35,000 learning professionals by showcasing the latest and greatest in education technology. Please come along to discuss the service with one of the team and see product demonstrations live on the day. If you would like to make an appointment please contact 01189 515200 or simply pop along.
Security and data protection are at the forefront of Redstor’s offerings and we promise full compliance with the Data Protection Act. Redstor’s range of secure, encrypted services for the public and private sectors ensure that the burden of maintaining compliance with the Data Protection Act is made easier and can be achieved more cost-effectively. Our secure backup for schools service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our cloud sync and share service, Centrastor, enables organisations to store and share files securely online from any device with an Internet connection and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective centralised device management. To find out more about our services and how we can help you comply with data protection laws and prevent data leakage, please contact us either by giving us a ring on 01189 515 200 or emailing [email protected].