User-friendly safeguarding to protect your whole school community online
Filtering children’s access is an essential element in keeping children safer online and ensuring that you have a whole school approach to online safety.
School safeguarding teams need to keep up with the evolving digital world, which we know is no easy task. Allowing young minds to explore, learn from and respect the internet whilst shielding them from harmful or inappropriate influences requires a robust yet flexible solution.
RM SafetyNet is a internet filtering solution that provides peace of mind, compliance and minimum management without the risk of over-blocking children’s activity. It’s designed for non-technical staff as well as IT teams.
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As a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or network manager, RM SafetyNet is your safety net, supporting your school’s online safeguarding policies and the implementation of a balanced curriculum.
By default, illegal websites are blocked by RM SafetyNet based on input from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the Home Office, the Counter Terrorist list (CTIRU) and security intelligence, including radicalisation content. Our technology seamlessly safeguards devices brought into school when they’re connected to the school internet too. You can easily add your own filtering preferences and adjust access for different users.
Over 3,000 UK schools trust RM SafetyNet to protect and nurture their pupils’ online learning
Fulfil your responsibilities outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education, The Prevent Duty and Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework whilst offering your pupils the freedom to learn from the biggest source of content in the world.
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Adjustable access for different users
Set suitable boundaries that enhance learning
The internet offers a wealth of knowledge for us all and is an essential part of teaching. But websites that are age-appropriate for a KS2 child or secondary school student may well be inappropriate at KS1.
Rather than a blanket ban on certain sites, SafetyNet allows you to relax or tighten the rules based on school year, class, key stage, website category (e.g. game sites) or even based on timings to accommodate breakfast clubs, breaktime and after-school clubs. You can also adjust access at individual user level, whether as a privilege, reprimand or extra safeguarding. Rest assured certain websites are blocked by default by RM SafetyNet based on input from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the Home Office, the Counter Terrorist list (CTIRU) and security intelligence, including radicalisation content.
Protection for all devices
Essential for ‘Bring Your Own Device’ set-ups
All electronic devices brought into school such as laptops, mobiles and tablets that use the school internet connection (or guest WiFi) will automatically be subject to the internet controls you have set.
This is known as transparent filtering and offers you peace of mind that pupils or staff using non-school equipment are browsing safely and within your chosen limits. It seamlessly works away in the background and doesn't interrupt connectivity.
Advantages for Multi Academy Trusts
Streamline your safeguarding across several school sites
RM SafetyNet has drawn from experience to provide a hierarchical approach when it comes to setting access rules, administration and reporting for Multi Academy Trusts (MATs). This allows MATs to implement filtering polices that apply across all their schools/colleges to ensure their Academy students are learning in a safe online environment, negating a separate set up at each site. Any changes you make to your settings can apply universally at the touch of a button. Schools can also add filters over and above those set out by the MAT, maintaining their own control.
Everyone accountable, everyone protected
All devices brought to school will be identifiable at user level
When pupils bring their own devices and connect to the school WiFi, your internet filter controls will apply instantly. Previously, it wasn’t possible to link an external device to a named user, thereby leaving pupils at liberty to breach safeguarding rules anonymously.
Thanks to SafetyNet’s user-based filtering technology, users are required to log on to the internet via their own username and password. All internet browsing activities can be monitored should you need to follow up with the individual or parent. Set up is simple and non-intrusive.
Instant reports when you need them
The ideal depth of reporting for schools to identify trends or misuse
Whether you want an ‘at a glance’ report for a quick meeting or a more in-depth analysis for the school governors to use, the user-friendly reporting suite can produce this for you.
Reporting gives you the ability to identify which, if any, users have been attempting to access inappropriate content online and helps you to meet the statutory requirements for appropriate filtering as set out in the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) guidance. Reports also identify trends and statistics that many schools find useful, such as percentage of broadband consumed by various websites.
Easy to set up, change or turn off
The majority of blocked content does not require notification should students attempt to access it, so you won’t be constantly interrupted by alerts and notifications. We don’t advocate over blocking, however you may deem attempted access to particularly harmful or sensitive websites to trigger an alert for you to act upon as you wish. This can be adjusted via the user-friendly dashboard if your priorities change.
Our customers are first to know of enhanced features
RM SafetyNet is always evolving to meet new challenges the internet and safeguarding presents in the school environment and we use feedback from users to test and refine exciting new features.
As the product is cloud-based, your system will automatically update without the need to download anything. At the moment, we’re working on alerts that identify vulnerable or abusive users ‘Googling’ certain phrases who pose a threat to the community or who may be struggling with school or home life.