The DSL is an integral part of any college.
It is a role that is growing in profile and as each year passes the expectation on the DSL to keep students safe from harm is increasing.
This brings with it key challenges. Not least of which is keeping ahead of government guidance and policy changes in response to the ever-evolving world of digital safety. It’s a role that can expose those who undertake it to emotional strain.
To keep students as safe as possible the DSL must continually evaluate and learn about the technology that exists to help them. Collaboration with leading vendors like Smoothwall is key.
We couldn’t develop our products without the input of the many college DSLs who use our solutions every day. In turn we help them to stay one step ahead of the ever-growing world of digital safety.
Our Monitoring solutions are a crucial virtual assistant for the college DSLs, informing them if a student tries to view or type content that may indicate risk to them or others such as violence, suicide, self-harm or inappropriate use of college resources.
Our record management solution allows teachers and DSLs to easily record student protection issues and safeguarding incidents electronically without the need for traditional daybooks or CP files.
We publish papers, articles, guides and case studies on all areas of digital safety pertinent to the college DSL. It’s a practical and free bank of resources that’s continually growing.