Primary

For Primary Schools

The dynamic digital environment is changing

Safeguarding students and staff now effectively means thinking beyond the traditional school environment. Laptops, tablets and mobile phones extend access to the Internet and to computer resources beyond the school network, providing 24 x 7 availability and offline capability, significantly increasing the potential for safeguarding risk and misuse.

An Acceptable Use Policy sets out how school ICT can be used, but how can you be sure that this is being adhered to? After all, wellbeing is not regarded as an ICT responsibility, so why should schools rely on a piece of software to cover this important aspect of school life. Compliance to policy is a matter of Governance.

eSafe provides an integrated and comprehensive approach to e-safety and safeguarding that puts school leaders back in control. It removes the legal liabilities created by software-only solutions and frees up teachers' time to focus on education and support.

What are the risks?

In infant and primary schools, children are increasingly being encouraged to explore subjects using the Internet and have growing access to a varied range of digital technology. Although  breaches of e-safety and misuse are most likely to occur amongst older pupils, the worrying general trend is for younger and younger children to be at risk. 

eSafe works closely with teachers to instil good teaching and learning principles from the outset and drive behavioural change. The monitoring service provides positive and immediate feedback which avoids disaffecting the child and prevents more serious problems as they grow older. 

Let us know how we can help your school

Using eSafe to monitor & immediately deal with any incidents greatly contributed to our school becoming the first primary school in the country to gain the silver level Anti-bullying Quality Mark.

Margaret Thomas, Headteacher, Mersey Park Primary School

1 Prevent and educate

Research shows that access to inappropriate material is the most common problem in ICT for primary schools. The good news however, is that where children are taught about e-safety and encouraged to use ICT responsibly, incidents can be significantly reduced.

eSafe provides the framework and tools, not only to prevent access to unsavoury material, but also to promote responsible browsing in line with Ofsted's Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.

2 Identifying intent

Many incidents of inappropriate use in primary schools are accidental as a result of misspelling but some can be the result of more mischievous behaviour.

Our team of specialists understand the difference between accidental and intentional indicators and evaluate behaviour in context to identify progressive and escalating issues.

3 Live monitoring

One of the biggest threats for primary schools today is the marked drop in age range of young people targeted for grooming particularly via social media, interactive gaming and webcam communication.

eSafe's technology provides real time protection against the more extreme behaviour and activity, including monitoring webcam imagery to help protect the most vulnerable.


Testimonials

Broadclyst Academy

Jonathan Bishop - Headteacher

Now I am an Academy, I no longer have access to certain resources from the Local Authority so I need to know what is happening in my school at all times as reputation is everything. Knowing my stakeholders are safe is a top priority, as is their wellbeing. Broadclyst Academy provides a flexible and supportive learning environment made possible with the unique eSafe Service. A Service with a ‘watchful eye’ approach overseen by specialists trained to identify early warning markers of potential protection and safeguarding issues, which leaves my teaching staff free to focus on educating and intervention.

Clayton CE Primary School

Jo Kurasinski - Headteacher

the eSafe Service has proved to be extremely effective, achieving the job it is designed to do with great success. It has also allowed me to sort out safeguarding issues and ICT misuse very quickly; sending out the message to everybody that we take e-safety and safeguarding very seriously.

Harrow School

Peter Bieneman - Director of Boarding

eSafe has proved a very useful tool in supporting our education of boys in their safer use of the internet.  It has helped to increase boys’ awareness that their online activity will be monitored constantly, both in school and later in the workplace.  eSafe has also proved invaluable in helping us to detect boys with various pastoral issues, so that we have been able to put in place appropriate care plans earlier than might have otherwise been the case.