Bolton 6th Form College
We could never go back to trying to do it ourselves with traditional software monitoring: we simply couldn’t review the large volume of incidents that came through as well as eSafe do. Even if I did dedicate a member of staff to reviewing incidents full time, they wouldn’t have the expertise in the range of behaviours, or the language skills needed, for picking up markers of threats on IT equipment that’s accessed by our multi-lingual student population. I feel a lot more secure with eSafe in place.
I have found eSafe very efficient when identifying students who may be feeling vulnerable but have not voiced it to any staff members. eSafe alerts the college to students revealing early warning signs of depression, anxiety, suicide risk etc. We can quickly follow up to determine if they need support within the college or wish to be referred to an external support service.
The College uses e-Safe to inform the personal development, behaviour and welfare agenda, and promote pro-active and positive messages about personal safety, well-being and pastoral support. It helps me to identify themes that have become part of the group tutorial offer and influence our ‘early help’ and prevention provision. An example is the positive ‘in-reach’ activities that are provided by external agencies as a result of the feedback from e-Safe alerts relating to such as obsessive behaviours and impact on lifestyle, anonymous sexualised behaviours, inappropriate use of social media, abusive comment, body image, financial support, criminal activity, stress and anxiety.
eSafe has been a great addition to the safeguarding provision at Westholme. It allows us to meet regulatory requirements regarding internet safety but also be proactive in monitoring the students’ use of the in-house technology in school. It has assisted us in identifying pupils with mental health and friendship issues, but also those who were attempting to misuse our provision and bypass systems put in place to protect them.
Grove House Primary
The eSafe service is very easy to install and deploy; you don’t even notice it is there and it does exactly what it says it does.
Blessed Hugh Farringdon School
Over 20% of children at Blessed Hugh Farringdon are Polish. But because eSafe is multi-lingual and recognises the characters of almost any language, it means the school is able to provide protection regardless of ethnicity and background. The Virtual Teaching Assistant is set up to deliver pop-up messages in other, non English languages, based upon the user id where necessary.
Hillside High School
We realised that safety using ICT and the Internet was not just an ICT departmental concern but a whole school safeguarding issue. We chose eSafe because it addressed our requirements using a proactive approach that was supported by professionals who are highly trained and impartial; the service provision meant we could be confident that issues would be identified regardless of our team’s workload. As Information Systems Manager I supported the procurement and implementation of eSafe within school, however its use is firmly embedded within the pastoral support provision of the school and was funded directly from the schools central budget.
Rugby Girls High School
The great advantage of having an external Monitoring Service is that it’s extremely cost effective and doesn’t take up hours of time. It means that we can focus on resolving issues rather than identifying them: our system is much safer and so are our students.
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.
Manchester Creative Media & Arts Academy
For users, the single biggest benefit since the introduction of eSafe has been that we have been able to open up our systems and not be so restrictive or proscribed. It has also allowed us to see a policy in practice, with eSafe providing the evidence to show that the policies are being followed and that they are effective, confirmed by a recent comment from a pupil to an Ofsted inspector that they genuinely felt safer than before the Forensic Monitoring Service was deployed.
Blessed Hugh Farringdon School
eSafe can be fully customised to meet our own specific school requirements; so we get to define how strictly we want the system to operate and eSafe manage the settings on our behalf. For example we don’t have the image filters turned up to the highest level for certain classes such as art and other lessons, so as not to restrict searches
Brompton CE Primary
One of the most beneficial aspects of the eSafe system is the way in which incidents are reviewed by specialist examiners so that the school is able to focus on managing the incident, rather than checking whether incidents have occurred in the first place. In busy schools, this makes a really positive impact on workload.
Rugby Girls High School
"Student and staff behaviour has changed dramatically and for the better since we deployed the Service. These days, it is rare for someone to look at an inappropriate website or to use inappropriate language on line. We have been able to allow students to use YouTube as a resource (something we’d never have contemplated before installing the monitoring software). We have noticed an increasing professional approach to the use of school ICT equipment on the part of staff and students. Until we had e-Safe I thought our ICT system was locked down and relatively safe. I was very surprised by some of the material and content that were being flagged up initially."
"I feel confident now that the school can protect students from cyber-bullying; that if a member of staff were misusing school equipment I’d know about it; and that if a student was thinking of harming herself, I’d know, if she’d used ICT to search for information or to express an intention."
Gateacre Community Comprehensive School
The eSafe solution is a cornerstone of our e-safety strategy. Senior Leadership took the decision to introduce Web 2.0 activities into the curriculum and we chose to move to the eSafe Forensic Monitoring Service to ensure that we were able to provide the best possible Safeguarding measures. Whilst we had the technical resource in house, it would have meant taking technicians off important ICT work to do work that they are really not experienced to do. Now we have eSafe’s Forensic experts reviewing the data, we can guarantee that nothing is missed or worse still, misinterpreted. As a result, we are confident that any issues are flagged to the pastoral or behavioural teams on a regular and timely basis. Just a week after the service had been deployed, a young female student posted disturbing content on her social networking page relating to self-harm. The eSafe team immediately flagged this with us and within an hour our Child Protection Officer was able to talk to the student and her parents to resolve the issue. In the past, this incident may not have been picked up until the Monday morning which could have had serious consequences for the girl over the weekend. Feedback from staff and governors has been that the service paid for itself from that one incident alone.
... and it is absolutely brilliant for detecting self-harm issues, depression and suicide, gang activity etc. I gave an example of how the programme helped me to prevent what could have been a very serious case of undetected anorexia but there are many others such case studies.”
Green Lane Primary School
the eSafe service protects our pupils and staff unobtrusively and efficiently, providing accurate warning of users at risk and those who breach our ICT Code of Conduct. This gives my safeguarding and pastoral colleagues peace of mind, freeing up valuable time to concentrate on intervention
Havering 6th Form College
What has been useful about e-Safe is not just the major incidents which have been picked up, e.g. suicidality, physical abuse etc but also the lower level material especially around mental health. We have been alerted to students doing searches around depression out of concern for their own mental health. This enabled us to intervene and present them with various options in terms of obtaining appropriate help
Our Lady of Grace Primary School
Such positive and immediate feedback enables early behaviour modification and prevents more serious problems as they grow older. eSafe is a very effective method of ensuring that the children and staff in our school are protected all the time they are using our ICT resources.
Swain House Primary School
The eSafe Forensic Monitoring Service has been part of our whole school safeguarding arrangements for a number of years. I wouldn’t be without it. There have been a number of breaches of our Acceptable Use Policy over this period and the Service is quick and efficient in alerting us to them.
Clayton CE Primary School
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.
Bolton 6th Form College
When we looked to procure the eSafe Forensic Monitoring Service, the business case for the purchase was presented to Senior Leadership as requiring core budget project funding. We took this approach as Safeguarding is seen as a critical element of student pastoral support and as we devote a significant amount of resource in maintaining high levels of Safeguarding, it was viewed as an establishment wide issue rather than simply an ICT department issue.
The Brittons Academy
At The Brittons Academy we have found the eSafe service to be an extremely useful tool in many ways. The service has school wide benefits as a safeguarding solution and as such is funded through our core school budget .From a safeguarding point of view eSafe is very good and the escalation of incidents is very quick and efficient. In the past we had to rely on our staff viewing all of the issues raised by our previous monitoring software, now that is done for us. The monitoring is accurate and up to date with the terminology used by our students. We receive escalations immediately if a serious risk is identified and immediate action can be taken. Less serious events are reported to us on a weekly basis so that additional appropriate actions can also be taken. We are now looking at how this can be moved out to students homes so that parents can also be confident that their sons/daughters are safe when using computers .I would recommend the product and service provided eSafe specialist monitoring team for serious consideration by any school.
Mersey Park Primary School
Using eSafe to monitor and 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. Children have quickly become aware that homophobic, racist or any other name calling is not tolerated in any form and can be tracked using the eSafe service. We feel secure in the knowledge that we are protecting our children by being aware of sites they try to access and searches they make on line and have been able to intervene at an early stage to offer appropriate support.
Norfolk County Council
We moved to eSafe because it provided a fully managed service including the specialist review of incidents and behavioural markers which are escalated to Norfolk’s MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) team. Having qualified people able to check individual items of concern flagged up by the system has been invaluable and I would recommend eSafe without reservation
The great advantage of having an external Monitoring Service is that it's extremely cost effective and doesn't take up hours of time. It means that we can focus on resolving issues rather than identifying them: our system is much safer and so are our students.