NetSupport DNA - Safeguarding

Safeguarding and Prevent for schools

As the use of technology increases in schools, NetSupport’s award winning solution provides the tools to help monitor and manage its use, support teachers and protect students.

NetSupport DNA gives technicians IT Asset Management features to effectively manage IT assets across the school’s sites; provides teachers with classroom management tools to leverage the full value of technology-led learning – plus, features a built-in safeguarding module to help maintain a safe learning environment and meet the latest government requirements.

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It’s essential that schools and trusts have the tools to keep their students safe and secure while they are accessing online resources for learning. NetSupport DNA is the solution to your school’s online safety needs: providing the tools you need to identify students at risk; prevent them being exposed to inappropriate online content; enforce acceptable use policies and fulfil your safeguarding duties – all in line with Ofsted guidance.

It would be easy to restrict everything that could be seen as a risk, but in reality that’s impractical and would impact learning. Fortunately, NetSupport DNA is designed to promote digital monitoring and to encourage students to act responsibly online.

NetSupport DNA’s safeguarding module contains a wealth of features developed with the professionals who would be using it. With so many online risks and an ever-changing language used by young people, it’s impossible for staff to be knowledgeable about everything. And with NetSupport DNA, you don’t have to be. We’ve consulted Safeguarding Leads, Local Authorities, The Internet Watch Foundations, leading charities and young people themselves to ensure the tools are relevant, effective and most importantly, up-to-date.

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NetSupport DNA eSafety and safeguarding features

Key features

 

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Keyword and Phrase Monitoring

This feature is designed to provide a school with insight into and alerts from any activity by a student that might suggest they are engaged in activity that would place them at risk.

Using a database of pre-supplied safeguarding keywords and phrases covering a range of topics from self harm, bullying and racism through to risks of radicalisation, NetSupport DNA is your eyes and ears, monitoring the school network. Using advanced neurolinguistics to ensure accurate detection and to avoid unnecessary 'false alarms', it will capture the triggered keyword when used anywhere on the network. If a keyword is triggered which the school deems to be a false match, a 'false alarm' note can be added allowing the reviewer to explain why. Keywords and phrases can have individual severity levels set which control the outcome on matching the triggered keyword to an action: from a simple recording of the activity that triggers an alert, through to capturing a screenshot or a video recording of the user’s activity when triggered- so you know the full background to the event. The triggered event can also be exported to PDF format making it easier to share with school staff. In addition to the instant alerts raised for higher severity cases, an innovative word cloud highlights trending topics across the school or specific cohorts and helps you to put incidents into a broader context. By clicking on any word in the cloud, safeguarding leads or teachers can see details of which students have typed it and the application used. Appropriate staff can be alerted through email, real-time pop-ups or summary reports.

A full explanation and definition of each keyword is also given to help staff understand the potential risk to the student. Staff can also see the broader context of a student’s activity as Netsupport DNA provides the option to monitor keywords and phrases when students type text, copy text to a clipboard or when they search on the internet. Staff can also choose whether to exclude certain applications from monitoring to reduce the occurrence of false alarms. So, for example, if students are using PowerPoint or Excel, these could be omitted from monitoring – allowing staff to focus on more high-risk areas.

 


 

Language packs

New safeguarding language packsWithin the database of pre-supplied safeguarding keywords and phrases, language packs are also included as standard to support schools with students learning English as an additional language (EAL). Now teachers and safeguarding leads will be able to extend their safeguarding provision to a wider group of students, as the packs allow them to see and monitor phonetic representations of what students are typing in languages other than English. Keyword libraries are updated regularly and NetSupport DNA gives you the flexibility to add (and share) your own keywords relevant to your own school and community.

 


 

Video recording Review triggered events

The Review feature allows school staff to review each triggered word or phrase and see details including student name, PC and the time it was triggered. Teachers and safeguarding leads can print, save, email or take a screen grab of the results to forward to a colleague to follow up on. By selecting History, it will show which console users have viewed the event.

 


Teach Secondary ReviewThe eSafety component of NetSupport DNA is fantastic and so simple to use!

Queen Elizabeth School


 

Report a concern Report a concern

Ensuring children can report a concern they might have is key to an effective safeguarding policy. NetSupport DNA includes a way for students to report their concerns in confidence to a trusted member of staff via the Report a Concern option. The module allows the school to define as many staff as they decide on the system. Students, from any DNA enabled PC can then share their problem by sending a message, screenshots or documents to their chosen staff member. The member of staff is instantly alerted when a concern is raised and can then track the concern and record any follow up actions directly from within NetSupport DNA. Senior staff and safeguarding leads at the school can be assigned rights to view all concerns raised and will be alerted if any concern is not actioned within a predefined period of time. The key to this feature is to offer simplicity and ease of access for students with the flexibility and safeguards to ensure it is effective for use by schools.

DNA’s Report a Concern settings have now been enhanced to allow schools to select which teachers are available for students to report concerns to via Profiles. This is especially useful for schools in multi-academy trusts, who can simply select the relevant profile displaying the safeguarding contacts for their own school.

 


 

Vulnerable students'Vulnerable' students

Safeguarding staff can flag 'at risk' students on the system so they can be easily identified and tracked as an extra layer of support. A dynamic group is also provided so all vulnerable students across the school can be seen from a single view.

 


Teach Secondary ReviewNetSupport DNA is a fantastic safeguarding tool and is benefitting our school immensely.

Orchard and Shepherdswell Academy


 

Extended multi-site support Set user views

When NetSupport DNA is used across schools that are linked (e.g. multi-academy trust or school districts), on an operational level, this feature allows a school to see its own data, while that of other schools is unavailable. At a higher level, the data across all of the separate sites can be seen and analysed as a consolidated report.

 


 

Online ResourcesOnline Resources

NetSupport DNA also reminds students of the role they play in their own online safety and empowers them by asking them to agree to the school’s acceptable usage policy before going online. It then provides them with instant access to online support resources – covering topics such as FGM, drug addiction, grooming and bullying – all from the NetSupport DNA safeguarding icon on their PC. Staff can also manage the pre-populated list and add any additional ones they feel are appropriate.

 


Teach Secondary ReviewNetSupport DNA performs a vital role in our keyword monitoring and safeguarding. It has a plethora of helpful tools - a real multi-talented product!

The Pingle School


 

History of concernsHistory of concerns

Safeguarding Users can now see a history of concerns for a specific student, laid out in calendar format, giving them the ability to review the pattern and detail of issues raised over time.

 

 


 

Re-assigning concernsRe-assigning concerns

Concerns may sometimes need to be re-assigned to another Safeguarding User, say, if the original member of staff the concern was reported to is on holiday. In this case, the concern can be re-directed to another Safeguarding user, with both parties being automatically notified of the change via email.

 


 

Age appropriate internet controlAge appropriate internet control

In accordance with the Prevent Duty and KIPSE guidance, schools must have appropriate levels of internet metering in place. To help schools implement a flexible internet access policy which meets the need of particular departments or year groups, NetSupport DNA allows Profiles to be created.

These can be set for different groups of devices or users, each with its specific component settings such as Year 10 pupils can access Facebook as part of their GCSE modules.

 


 

Teacher ‘Add a concern

Teacher ‘Add a concern

In addition to students being able to report their concerns from any school PC to a trusted member of staff, teachers can now do the same in situations where they are verbally told of a student’s concern. They can now log the concern via the ‘Add concern’ button on the safeguarding navigation tab. This can also be used by the schools DSL so they can quickly transfer and record any paper based concerns into NetSupport DNA.

Just like the students, the teacher can select which member of staff they would like to report the concern to, enabling the selected staff member to track the concern, re-assign it and record any follow-up actions directly from within NetSupport DNA.

Not only does it help to stop any incidents recorded onto pieces of paper from going missing, but it helps prevent the concern being forgotten about or not being reported/recorded in the correct manner.

 


 

Webcam enabledWebcam enabled

When a safeguarding keyword is copied, typed or searched for across the network, NetSupport DNA now enables active webcams (this feature is turned-off by default) to capture an image of the user – in addition to logging the event and providing a recording and screen shot of the incident. This helps schools to identify the person activating the keywords and enables them to react to the situation more quickly.

 


 

NetSupport DNA empowers everyone to play an active part in creating a safe and secure learning environment and delivers a solution that genuinely supports staff in their efforts without adding to their workload.

Safeguarding with NetSupport DNA

Supporting Documents

Main NetSupport DNA brochure NetSupport DNA safeguarding brochure NetSupport DNA safeguarding brochure NetSupport DNA safeguarding brochure

Prevent Duty Guidance Supporting 'Keeping children safe in education Safeguarding Checklist Teach Secondary Review

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