Acer is Back at BETT Live show and will be showcasing the latest Chromebooks and Windows 11 TravelMates for Education

After 2 years away, Acer is back at this year’s live BETT show with the latest innovations and technology, showcasing new devices as part of the Acer for Education pledge to ‘Inspire Daily, Learn Always’.

  • Join Google | Acer @ stand SC42 – This stand will focus on the Chrome environment and be a place where you can see demos of the new eco-friendly Acer Chromebooks. To see all the latest Acer education products visit the Acer Partners stands and for each demonstration, Acer will plant 100 trees via Ecologi. Partner stands are Misco @ SA51, EE @ SN53 and Stone @ SG31
  • Visit Acer @ the Microsoft Theater March 24 at 3.30pm for an Acer Keynote speech and Danesfield school’s first-hand experience on Windows11SE
  • Learn more about Acer & Planet9 @ Esports Arena on March 23 – 25 Experience our Esports devices and PLANET9 or March 24 At 1.30-2pm: Acer keynote speech and At 3-5pm: AcerEsports school tournament.


London, UK (March 17, 2022) Acer are excited to announce the return to BETT live at the Excel in London after a 2-year break away due to the pandemic. Acer’s goal is to bring innovative technologies to schools and help educators create better learning environments so that students can develop the skills they need for the future through the Acer Stem Rewards and the BETT show is the perfect opportunity to showcase the extensive Acer STEM reward program which offers a wide range of benefits to educators.

As part of the Acer Stem Rewards, schools who purchase Acer classroom devices can claim rewards up to the value of £1000, in the form of cashback or training support.

For a full overview of the Acer Stem Rewards that are available visit the Bett Show and speak to one of the Acer representatives on the Acer Stand (Bett Hall SC42).

Some of the new devices available to purchase using the Acer Stem Rewards will be demonstrated at the show including the four new Acer Chromebooks that come with an array of durability and eco-friendly features, including MIL-STD 810H rating, mechanically-anchored keyboards, OceanGlass™ touchpads and use of post-consumer recycled plastics.

“The popularity of Chromebooks continues to grow thanks to the robust features in the Chrome Education Upgrade combined with advances in Chromebook design, features and technology,” said James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “These new Acer Chromebooks deliver the foundational technology that help students strive for success at school, while also ensuring teachers and administrators have a powerful device for class preparation and IT management.”

Chrome Education Upgrade, Zero-Touch Enrollment Maximize Learning

With Chrome Education upgrade, teachers and administrators can leverage the full capabilities of the Chromebook and Chrome OS to ensure students can focus on learning with a robust, secure device. In addition, IT departments can easily manage them with Zero-touch enrollment — to drop ship new Acer Chromebooks to their school sites that will automatically enrol as soon as the end-user connects to the internet.

Durable Design

All of the four new Chromebooks were built to withstand the challenges of a busy school environment, featuring impact-resistant chassis that meets MIL-STD 810H[[1]] standards. A shock-absorbent bumper and reinforced design protects them from drops as high 122 cm (48 ft) and withstands up to 60 kg (132.3 lbs) of pressure. The Chromebooks’ displays can also be opened a full 180 degrees, helping protect the devices when the screen is being handled, and a unique drainage system built into their keyboards helps protect internal components from accidental water spills[[2]].

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311, Acer Chromebook 512 and Acer Chromebook 511 also have mechanically anchored keys that are difficult for inquisitive students to remove, but at the same time, simple for IT personnel to repair or replace. Widened brackets and reinforced I/O ports further protect them from the wear and tear of frequent use.

Eco-Friendly Features Include OceanGlass Touchpad

A testament to Acer’s commitment to sustainability, all four of the new Chromebooks feature a unique environmentally friendly OceanGlass touchpad made entirely of abandoned ocean-bound plastic waste. Not only does the use of this waste contribute to the reduction of plastics adrift in the ocean, it also gives the touchpad a glass-like texture and responsive tactile feedback.

Additionally, three of the Chromebooks—the Acer Chromebook Spin 311, Acer Chromebook 512 and Acer Chromebook 511—integrate post-consumer recycled plastics into their chassis design to further exemplify Acer’s commitment to sustainability.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Chromebook 512 (C852) will be available in North America in January starting at USD 349.99; and in EMEA in Q1 starting at EUR 359 and the UK for £329.

The Acer Chromebook 511 (C734/T) will be available in North America in February starting at USD 349.99; and in EMEA in February starting at EUR 329 and the UK for £299.

The Acer Chromebook 314 (C934/T) will be available in North America in 2H’22 starting at USD 429.99; and in EMEA in April starting at EUR 369 and the UK for £329.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (R722T) will be available in North America in March starting at USD 399.99; and in EMEA in Q1’22 starting at EUR 339 and the UK for £299.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via


  • Four in ten (38%) teachers plan on changing their working hours in the next two years – with one in 12 (8%) leaving teaching entirely
  • Almost a third (29%) of women teachers said they planned to step back from the classroom


Four in ten teachers (38%) plan to change their working hours in the next two years, according to new research by specialist financial services mutual Wesleyan.

After a challenging two years for the profession, the study found that female teachers were most eager to make a change with 29% planning on stepping back from the classroom either by taking parental leave (11%), reducing their hours (9%) or leaving the profession altogether (8%).

Worryingly, the research also revealed that many don’t understand how making these changes will affect their pension pot and retirement plans. More than four in ten (41%) don’t understand the impact reducing hours could have on their pension and 40% have not planned for this change financially.

Of those planning to change their working patterns, fewer than a fifth of women (18%) have made plans for their finances to help them cover day-to-day living expenses and longer-term financial goals such as retirement.

In contrast, over a quarter of men (26%) planning to adjust their working hours have made plans for both the short and long term.

Linda Wallace, Director of Financial Services at Wesleyan, said: “After the stresses of the past two years, it’s understandable why so many teachers are reassessing their work-life balance and well-being needs.

“But deciding to change how you work isn’t an easy decision – it’s important that it goes hand in hand with careful financial planning. As well as the immediate cost of living challenges to consider, it’s important to think long-term too, particularly when it comes to pensions and retirement planning.

“We know there is already a gap between men and women when it comes to their teachers’ pension, and changes to working patterns can exacerbate this. Setting goals now and carefully planning for the future is critical to ensuring your finances will see you through to a comfortable retirement.”

Classroom learning with Wacom pen tablets

Meet Wacom and the global education technology community at Bett UK and discover how Wacom pen tablets and pen displays boost digital classroom collaboration and facilitate STEAM lessons.

Wacom, the pioneer and leader in digital pen technology, is coming to Bett UK to show how Wacom’s digital education solutions complement the set-up of classrooms and auditoriums and enable new ways of learning and teaching from K12 to higher education. Join Wacom at stand SB30 to talk to Wacom experts and learn how simple and effective working, teaching and learning with the digital pen is.

Bett UK
23-25 March 2022
Stand SB30
ExCel London


Digital classroom collaboration powered by the pen

To show how digital pen displays support the teaching of STEAM subjects, Wacom together with Canopy Education are hosting a presentation about “Classroom learning with Wacom pen tablets” on the Tech in Action stage. In this session on Thursday, 24 March, 11:30-11:50, educators from K12 and further education will demonstrate how the use of Wacom pen tablets in the classroom increases student engagement and makes daily teaching more efficient.

Check the Bett UK agenda here for more information about the speakers and details of this talk. Find out more about the event itself and how to register on the Bett UK event page. And for more information about Wacom, its products and education solutions including case studies and special offers, please check these dedicated Wacom for Education pages.

Redefining the needs of classrooms – it’s time to take the hybrid approach

A Post-pandemic world rewrites the requirements of education technology as the traditional classroom is slowly but surely transforming into multifunctional spaces that are expected to support remote learning. This is why flexible and futureproof audio-visual solutions are no longer only desirable, but vital. Together Welltek and Artome are providing user-friendly, aesthetic and adaptable products to support learning environments everywhere.

Increasing valuable studying time…

Schools everywhere have entered an era where the ways of studying have changed permanently. Not only do they struggle in meeting the standards of remote learning now but are also aiming to find solutions that will be functional in the future as well. Valuable studying time can be lost when using non-efficient communication technology. Flexible and easy-to-use solutions are desperately needed in order to enable dynamic learning environments. One of the most important things is the display size readability in a classroom. Research* shows 58% of students in an average classroom cannot read content on a 70-inch flat panel, so size does matter.

…without forgetting the big picture

Artome smart furniture is a new innovation that offers an installation-free solution that combines Scandinavian design and audio-visual technology as it holds a sound system and an integrated ultra-short throw laser projector. It supports hybrid education with a plug-and-play videoconferencing solution and is easy to move from space to space with adaptable image size up to 150” (330cm width). When combining the fully movable audio-visual technology to flexible classrooms, it is possible to transform any space making it suitable for presenting, learning and much more.

Together Welltek and Artome share the ideology of creating spaces for learning in a sustainable way, bringing flexibility to schools, colleges, and other educational settings across the UK.

Where to Explore?

BETT 23-25 March 2022, ExCeL London, UK


Contact and additional information

Welltek Ltd
26 Seward Street

EC1V 3PA London




World’s first personal defibrillator launches in the UK

At up to one tenth of the price, size, and weight of conventional AEDs, CellAED® is designed to reduce unnecessary deaths from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest – and is available for pre-order at


  •     The launch of CellAED® comes as new research reveals just one third of UK adults would be able to recognise the symptoms of a cardiac arrest and fewer than one in five would feel confident using a defibrillator to help a loved one


  •     Rapid Response Revival® is calling for greater access to defibrillators and increased awareness of sudden cardiac arrest


Every day, 150 people in the UK die from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, making it one of the nation’s biggest killers. 


The vast majority of sudden cardiac arrests happen in the home or the workplace, striking quickly and with little to no warning. Survival rate is low; if a victim does not receive CPR or defibrillation within the first ten minutes, they will not survive.


Yet new research carried out amongst the UK population reveals that only 18% of people would feel confident using a defibrillator if they witnessed a loved one suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. This drops to 16% if the victim is a stranger. 


Findings suggest that the main barrier holding people back from using a defibrillator in an emergency is a lack of training (43%); followed by a lack of confidence (41%); and a fear of causing further damage (35%).


CellAED®, developed by Rapid Response Revival®, has been created to increase access to defibrillators and overcome barriers to their use. The world’s first personal, portable defibrillator uses game-changing technology, designed to improve the chances of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest. 


CellAED®’s unique Snap Peel StickTM design means the device is quick and easy to use, even by someone with no medical training. CellAED® is up to one tenth of the price, size, and weight of current technology, and makes at-home defibrillator ownership a possibility.


Donovan Casey, co-founder and CEO of Rapid Response Revival® said, “In 2014, when my partner Sarah suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, I was a customer for a product that didn’t exist. Without the quick action from emergency services, Sarah would not be here today. So CellAED® is born out of a personal mission to make this life-saving technology available in homes and all public spaces. I’ve seen first-hand that cardiac arrests strike anyone, regardless of age or health status, so having the suitable tools and knowledge to hand could save the life of a loved one, colleague, or passer-by.”


Dr Steven Brooks, Chief Medical Officer at Rapid Response Revival® said, “CellAED® will profoundly change the way we address sudden cardiac arrest in our communities. The miniaturisation of existing AED technology, paired with approval from the world’s leading medical device regulatory authorities makes CellAED® the obvious choice for life-saving defibrillation in homes and workplaces. If there is a CellAED®nearby, the chances of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest significantly improve.” 


Increasing awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in the UK


Improving the UK’s access to defibrillators is just one part of the solution. Only one third (33%) of UK adults would be able to recognise the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and just (26%) know how they differ from heart attacks. 


With only 18% of people in the UK having had CPR training in the last two years, confidence to step in during an emergency is currently low. But appetite for training is high – over two thirds (68%) of UK adults would like to learn CPR to be able to better help. 


George Woods, Chief Business Officer at St John Ambulance said: “As the nation’s leading first aid and health response charity, we know that speed is everything when it comes to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. Survival rates in this country lag too far behind other nations. Our training in CPR and work with partners on widening access to early defibrillation is tackling that gap, and St John welcomes any effort to innovate in support of our lifesaving mission.”


Rapid Response Revival® is on a mission to reduce the death toll from sudden cardiac arrest by: 


  1.   Raising awareness of how to recognise and respond to sudden cardiac arrest
  2.   Educating people around CPR and defibrillator use
  3.   And doing what no-one has achieved before; getting affordable, easy-to-use defibrillators into homes and workplaces across the UK


Benjamin Culff, who was just 17 years old when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while at work as a waiter, said, “Thanks to the quick action of my courageous colleagues and the fact that there was an onsite defibrillator in my workplace, I was given a second chance. Since my cardiac arrest, I have dreamt of there being a mini defibrillator that could be easily used in homes and offices and it’s amazing to see that Rapid Response Revival® has realised those dreams. My story is testament to the fact that sudden cardiac arrest really can strike anyone, anywhere at any time.”


For more information on CellAED® and to pre-order for the special introductory price from £199, visit


Kicking off our largest ever celebrations for World Book Day 2022 with over 100 partners

World Book Day celebrates 25 years

This year the National Literacy Trust is celebrating World Book Day with over 100 partners to inspire and delight children with the wonder of books – including hundreds of businesses, publishers, booksellers and authors.

This year will mark 25 years since the inception of World Book Day which was designed to help all children become book owners and inspire a love of reading. A vital step in building strong literacy skills for life.

Jonathan Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust said:

“World Book Day is an important moment to inspire and delight children with the wonder of books and a powerful platform to reinforce the importance of building literacy skills for life. Through our fantastic partners, we’re able to reach more children in schools and communities than ever before, providing support to those that need it most.

Everyone has a role in raising literacy levels throughout the country and World Book Day is a fantastic opportunity to bring all our supporters together.”

Up and down the country we are marking World Book Day by distributing 60,000 books to encourage children to read for pleasure as well as producing a host of activities for schools and communities to take part in.

Activities include:

–          World Book Day Big Footy & Booky quiz, free to all teachers and pupils. This exciting online event, which will be hosted by sports presenter Kelly Somers, will feature Football School authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, so make sure you sign up today.

–          Our 15 Hub areas across the country will also be working in partnership with local libraries and retailers like McDonald’s to distribute books across our hubs. Between 2nd– 15th March, £1 book tokens will feature on every single World Book Day themed Happy Meal® box.

–          Highlights from around the country include:

  • In Bradford we have author Harry Heape running a session on ‘Inspiration through writing’ and story telling
  • In Manchester we will be distributing 2,400 books across four libraries with more exciting author story telling sessions
  • In Peterborough you’ll find a ‘Bunny’s on the bus tour’ with exciting story telling sessions, fun craft activities and book giveaways
  • In Middlesbrough we’re running a fun World Book Day competition with Middlesbrough library services, for a chance to win a bundle of books and  distributing 2,400 books

–          We have a range of resources for schools focusing on ‘story telling’ and ‘reading for pleasure’ as well as fun activities for families to do at home.

–          Take a look at our 25 ways to celebrate World Book Day and develop a lifelong reading habit

–          There are so many activities for you to get involved with. Want to find out what’s happening in your area? Find our more on our hub page

Jonathan continues: Our recent economic study with WPI showed that reading for pleasure can result in children getting better GCSEs, in turn boosting their lifetime earnings and raising the UK’s GDP. In the future, my hope is that more children will grow up to be adults who read and that reading and books are part of their world.” (The Power of Reading; WPI and National Literacy Trust 2021)

Take a look at the full range of World Book Day books available for just £1 here

If you want to find out more about how the National Literacy Trust can help your school, sign up here


Launch of askOLA by Education Taskforce


Combines academic ‘catch up’ and mental wellbeing  

Schools choosing additional catch-up programmes  

 Pupil-led support alongside tutoring 


Today (March 3rd) award-winning EdTech provider GLUU has spearheaded a taskforce of leading education partners to launch askOLA. The pioneering programme allows pupil-led learning with access to wellbeing support and saves teachers time by reducing their workload. 


askOLA is an on-demand, out-of-school learning and wellbeing support system.  The intention is for the system to support the whole student, both academically and emotionally; addressing their readiness to learn.   


askOLA is being launched in the run up to 2022 exams and vocational qualifications with schools able to choose how they spend ‘catch-up’ funding and amid wider concerns about mental health being expressed by the Children’s Commissioner and other leading education figures. 


The pandemic has also accelerated the digitisation of schools and a ‘hybrid’ approach to education with classroom learning backed up with remote provision. askOLA is a great example of a new online platform that provides academic and wellbeing support which is student-led and can be used outside of school hours.   

Students receive online academic support from vetted Online Learning Assistants (OLAs) and are signposted to the digital mental health and emotional wellbeing service provided by Kooth if they are experiencing difficulties – including direct access to counselling services or pre-moderated self-help content, if needed.  

askOLA adds capacity to the education system by allowing young people the opportunity to access pastoral and learning support outside of school in the same way that they can approach a teaching assistant if they were in a classroom. That way, children have access to support whenever it is needed, and teachers can rest assured that their pupils are being well supported outside of school, reducing workload.  


askOLA is currently being piloted at The Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust in the West Midlands after launching there in February with around 2,500 pupils currently registered to use askOLA.  Christine Major CEO of GLUU said: 

        Christine Major CEO of GLUU said: 

       “Everyone at GLUU is so excited to launch askOLA.  We know that the pandemic has created huge amounts of               upheaval for children, both in terms of their educational progress and their wellbeing and we wanted to design             something that could help address both those problems.  

           We know that children and teachers can benefit from what askOLA has to offer but we also hope to bring some             peace of mind to parents; with the help of an OLA, they can rest assured that their children have extra           professional support to underpin their learning recovery activity, reducing pressure at home.” 


 Sir Mark Grundy, CEO of Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust said: 


“We are delighted at Shireland to be the pilot Trust for askOLA. It’s been wonderful to see how helpful it is for pupils to have amazing online support at their fingertips outside of school. The combination of wellbeing advice and tutoring is so important as we help young people recover from the pandemic.”   


Sam Palombella, Director of Government Services, Kooth said: 


“As with us all, the lives of young people have been significantly disrupted during the pandemic, this has had an impact on both mental health and wellbeing. By signposting students to Kooth, this taskforce is ensuring that students have a safe, confidential, and welcoming place to access non-judgemental mental health support. One that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and easily accessed via a click of a button on a smartphone, laptop or tablet.” 


Chris Rothwell, Director of Education, Microsoft


EdTech has such an important role to play in the classroom – and at home, that’s why at Microsoft we want to see programmes like askOLA succeed because this pioneering programme is another example of how online support can give all-round benefit to young people.”  


Tej Samani Founder Performance Learning said


“We are proud to be part of a task force helping young people with online support and askOLA is a programme that helps with both learning and mental health advice. It’s an extra tool for pupils, teachers and parents to use and hopefully shows how EdTech can be so beneficial alongside classroom teaching. 


More information about the pilot: 


The pilot of askOLA began at Shireland Collegiate Academy on the 14th of February and around 500 students are taking part. Feedback has been very positive with students finding the online platform easy to use and helpful – a selection of pupil comments so far includes:  


“I think it’s going to help a lot. Sometimes in lessons I don’t really get the questions and so I can use askOLA….they don’t just give me like the answer straight away but they lead me towards the answer. So they’re not just telling me [information], I’m actually learning something” – Kayleigh, 12 years old 


“It’s really helpful because…they’ve shown you how to work it out. That’s great”- Jasmine, 12 years old 


Staff have also found askOLA’s new catch up and wellbeing support helpful 


“The service has been well received by pupils and staff. During the launch assemblies our students were clearly enthused – they couldn’t wait to get started… especially outside of school hours and in homework club”. Louise O’Gorman, teacher at Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust 


59% of education professionals haven’t been cybersecurity trained

A new study reveals gaps in cybersecurity in the workplace around educational institutions in the US


A staggering 59% of employees in the education sector haven’t had cybersecurity training arranged by their current employer, according to a new survey commissioned by NordLocker, an encrypted cloud service provider. This is alarming information as the same survey reveals 61% of education professionals handle confidential data at work.


“Since education is among the top five industries most hit by ransomware, the organizations that don’t train their employees how to identify the potential risks and about the right measures to avoid them are on the brink of falling victim to various cybercriminal activities,” explains Oliver Noble, a cybersecurity expert at NordLocker.


One in five don’t use any cybersecurity tools


The survey reveals that 21% of employees in the education sector don’t use any cybersecurity tools at work. Among those who do use protection on their digital devices, antivirus is the most popular software (60%) followed by a password manager (50%), a VPN (35%), and a file encryption tool (24%).


“With cyber racketeers going after the overwhelming amount of personal student data some education workers have access to, employers who don’t urge their employees to use the necessary cybersecurity tools, or even worse, don’t provide them, are putting their reputation at stake,” says Oliver Noble.


26% would blame their employer for a data breach


When asked who should be responsible if they accidentally caused a data breach in their workplace, the majority of education workers answered with “both the employer and the employee” (47%). However, one in four respondents (26%) would solely blame their company if they were involved in a data breach.


“With the human element being one of the weakest links in a company’s cybersecurity and hackers looking for vulnerabilities to exploit, it’s easy to see why many employees believe their employer should ensure appropriate means to be able to withstand threats,” Noble says.


Four easy-to-implement cybersecurity practices for education employees


  • Wi-Fi network security. To limit outside access and restrict breaches to one network at a time, establish separate networks for students, teachers, and even administration staff. All routers should be protected with robust and unique passwords.
  • Zero-trust network access. Every access request to digital resources should be granted only after a member of staff’s identity is appropriately verified.
  • File encryption. To prevent data leaks in a cyberattack, all documents with staff and students’ personally identifiable information need to be protected. User-friendly encryption services make sure important information stored on the organization’s computers is always protected from prying eyes with strong encryption.
  • Teachers and administration staff need to have cybersecurity training arranged periodically. Since cyber incidents usually start with a malicious email, awareness and education will help employees recognize phishing scams and avoid downloading malware or sharing sensitive information with impersonators.


Methodology: NordLocker commissioned a survey of 1,500 industry professionals in the US in October 2021.



NordLocker is the world’s first end-to-end file encryption tool with a private cloud. Created by the cybersecurity experts behind NordVPN – a world-renowned VPN service provider – NordLocker makes sure your files are protected from hacking, surveillance, and data collection. Available for both desktop and mobile, NordLocker supports all file types, offers a fast and intuitive interface, and guarantees secure sync between devices. For more information:



AVer Europe announces new, portable distance learning innovation camera.

AVer Europe, the leading provider of educational technology and Pro AV solutions, announces the DL10 distance learning tracking camera, a small form factor tracking camera.


The DL10 sets hybrid and online educators free from the hassles of poor-quality cameras. The design, weighing only 745 grams, conveniently fits into most bags, freeing online and hybrid learning teachers to work wherever they want, giving teachers the ability to teach online from anywhere. The specialised design of the DL10 also makes it a perfect match for smaller or space-conscious classrooms, where a large and complicated camera setup is not an option.


Rene Buhay, SVP of Sales and Marketing at AVer Europe comments, “The portable AVer DL10 camera delivers unprecedented freedom and picture quality for teachers in the new normal of online classes and hybrid classrooms. This is a fantastic, high quality distance learning option for budget-conscious schools and educators. The AVer DL10 camera will lead hybrid classroom technology.”


The DL10’s features include:


  • 6X Total Zoom: Perfectly balanced between classroom needs and school budgets, the DL10 features 6X total zoom. In an average-sized classroom the DL10 excels with its zoom capabilities, delivering crisp and clear images every time.
  • Industry-leading AVer AI: Accurate and easy to use AVer camera tracking AI is integrated with the DL10 Distance Learning camera. This means easy lecture recording, camera tracking with the press of a button, and gesture controls with the needs of educators in mind.
  • Sleep Mode: Particularly designed for the protection of privacy. When an online class ends, the DL10 automatically reacts by switching off, and tilting the camera down 90 degrees, allowing online teachers to easily separate class time and personal time.


  • Built-In Microphones: Purposefully created with teachers in mind, high quality microphone and noise suppression functionality is integrated in the DL10 for the enhancement of communication and the cancellation of disruptive noises common in a teaching environment, such as teachers’ books, keyboard, and mouse.
  • Gesture Control: Remove touchpoints and intuitively guide the DL10 using hand movements, even while teaching. DL10 Gesture Control allows teachers to focus on their classes without having to run back and forth between a computer and whiteboard, while still maintaining hygiene standards necessary for a classroom environment.


New data reveals a 71% increase in children “at serious risk” online while using school devices

This Safer Internet Day (8th Feb), UK digital safeguarding specialist, Smoothwall, reveals a significant increase in children “at serious risk” online in 2021, compared to the previous year

The 2022 Safer Internet Day theme focusses on gaming and demonstrating respect and relationships online

Data highlights the top three riskiest gaming platforms used by children on school devices


New data from leading digital safeguarding technology provider, Smoothwall, has seen a 71% increase in 2021* of reports of children being identified as in serious risk online through – as detected by the company’s digital monitoring solution.


The monitoring solution technology, designed to alert safeguarding officers and teachers 24/7, identified a serious risk every five minutes in 2021, with every hour seeing a child facing a “very serious risk to their health or life”.


With this year’s Safer Internet Day (8th Feb), focusing on the importance of children understanding respectful relationships while gaming online, Smoothwall wants to highlight the riskiest gaming platforms used on school devices, along with the threats that come with them, according to their most recent data. 


The three gaming platforms which saw the highest graded (levels 4 and 5)** safety alerts in 2021 were:

  • Omegle – 64.8% of risks
  • Discord – 27.2% of risks
  • Roblox – 8% of risks


The data shows that across these three gaming platforms, sexual content was the top risk identified, with nearly 1 in 2 (48%) of the alerts attributing to this category. This was followed by cyberbullying, which caused 18% of alerts, and online grooming which caused 17%.


Across the three gaming platforms however, Omegle was where the safeguarding technology spotted the largest risk for online grooming. The platform which allows users to jump into video chats and forums with strangers around the world saw 26% of risks in the grooming risk category.


The top three risks for each gaming platform in 2021 were:


Omegle Discord Roblox
Sexual content – 48% Sexual content – 50% Sexual content – 49%
Grooming – 26% Cyberbullying – 37% Cyberbullying – 39%
Offensive user – 9% Offensive user – 8% Offensive user – 10%


Smoothwall’s monitoring solution works alongside schools to help prevent serious harm to children.


Gavin Logan, Smoothwall’s Executive Vice President said: “With last year seeing nearly all children aged 5-15 active online, it’s more important than ever for education organisations to have the benefit of a human moderated, digital monitoring solution to help detect students who may have become vulnerable from online gaming – as well as from other school activities.


“Smoothwall’s service works 24/7, 365 days a year, and is a virtual assistant to a school’s designated safeguarding lead, removing false positives and sharing risks they need to know about immediately. This means early intervention and improved student outcomes. We hope our latest data helps safeguarding officers, teachers and parents understand the true risks to children while gaming online and encourages them to ensure their school is protected effectively.”


If you’d like to find out more about Smoothwall’s multi award-winning Monitor solution please click here to book a free walkthrough and Q&A session with one of the monitoring experts.