In January 2017, Smoothwall launched Visigo, a proactive monitoring solution to help schools and colleges meet the Appropriate Monitoring criteria set out by the UK Safer Internet Centre.
Visigo is installed on school or college owned devices and is able to monitor all keystroke activity, both online and offline, allowing visibility of conversations or content being created in chatrooms, in documents and via messaging functionality. Visigo is currently the only monitoring solution to build a profile of its users, allowing accurate moderation between a one-off incident or a chain of events. The unique profiling capability takes into consideration age, gender and other characteristics of the user, along with their activity and behaviour on the device. This smart profiling function allows for the most accurate information to be relayed back automatically to the safeguarding officer who can take the appropriate action.
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Smoothwall are the leading online safety providers to the Education market in the UK, protecting over one million students in more than 7000 schools, colleges and academies with their innovative web filtering and online safeguarding solutions. Since 2000, Smoothwall have been pioneering technologies that focus on context to help give users the best online experience whilst protecting them from potential harm.
As digital learning becomes more commonplace in the classroom, the need to protect children online has risen to the top of school’s agendas. Legislation such as Keeping Children Safe in Education and the Prevent Duty only help to solidify how seriously the Government places expectations on schools to be taking appropriate actions to safeguard children online. Not only must schools ensure they have appropriate filtering in place, but also appropriate monitoring, putting more of an emphasis on human interaction to ensure that vulnerable young people are safeguarded.
Smoothwall’s Content Aware Web Filter is market leading due to the commitment to constantly and aggressively evolve to meet the needs of schools and colleges. Not only does it meet the expectations of Appropriate Filtering for Schools as outlined by the UK Safer Internet Centre (UK SIC), but with its safeguarding reporting suite it exceeds it, and is the only web security solution designed specifically with the needs of Education in mind.
With such a successful filtering solution, it was a natural fit for Smoothwall to use its expertise to create a monitoring solution that would also help to meet the Appropriate Monitoring criteria set out by the UK SIC. In January 2017, Smoothwall will be launching a brand new product called Visigo, which is a proactive monitoring solution for schools and colleges.
The monitoring solution, Visigo, is installed on school or college owned devices and is able to monitor all keystroke activity, both online and offline, allowing visibility of conversations or content being created in chatrooms, in documents and via messaging functionality. Smoothwall are partnering with a market leading moderation expert to provide 24/7 monitoring and moderation of content, alerting schools of an incident that requires intervention.
As safeguarding issues such as mental health, radicalisation and child sexual exploitation increase, it’s imperative schools are able to identify and respond to concerns regarding the safety of children. More and more, this activity is happening digitally and schools have a requirement to be able to monitor and protect children from both online and offline threats.
Visigo will be able to provide monitoring against all of the risk areas identified by the UK SIC, including but not limited to illegal activity, drugs, extremism, suicide, violence, bullying and child sexual abuse.
Visigo is unique because of it’s ability to build a profile of each individual user, allowing accurate moderation between a one off incident or a chain of events. The intelligent profiling capability will take into consideration age, gender and other characteristics of the user, along with their activity and behaviour on the device. This allows for the most accurate information to be relayed to the designated safeguarding lead in the schools.
Now more than ever, schools are looking for support as the demands to protect children increase, and the Visigo solution from Smoothwall helps to support the effective management of safeguarding and gives you peace of mind you can support people in your care.
The Visigo solution is a complimentary addition to the safeguarding reporting suite Smoothwall released at a similar time in 2016. Smoothwall’s unique safeguarding reporting suite gives safeguarding officers access and insights into the activity of students and staff online. Using reports to analyse any search terms entered and URLs accessed, system administrators are able to to generate meaningful data showing any breaches against one of the 7 safeguarding rulesets: radicalisation, suicide, abuse, substance abuse, bullying, criminal activity and adult content. Breaches are flagged against three warning levels; caution, warning and danger, and allow safeguarding officers to assess risk based on the context of the breach. The safeguarding reporting suite is now being used by thousands of schools across the UK and continues to be developed by Smoothwall.
Smoothwall lead by a commitment to keep children safe online and to constantly develop solutions that help schools to deliver their promise. For more information about how Smoothwall can help you to keep children safe online, visit smoothwall.com.