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Student Safeguarding in a Multi-Academy Trust
The Five Key Digital Safety Technologies – A Quick Guide

Digital safeguarding, also known as digital safety technology is used to keep students safe online while in school or college. It consists of 5 solutions each protecting a different touch point.

Keeps the network protected from harmful attacks or breaches.

Prevents pupils from accessing harmful web content.

Scans pupils behaviour online and alerts DSLs to detected risks to wellbeing, health or life.

Safeguard Record Management 
Ensures students records are digital, easily and quickly accessible.

Classroom Management
Gives teachers control about web access for learning in the classroom.

Ofsted, through its ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ Guidance, says schools should as a minimum have ‘appropriate’ filtering and monitoring and some form of record keeping. With no minimum standard specified however, some MATs have been able to tick the compliance box with the barest of provision.

This compliance-first, rather than child-first approach might have been more budget-friendly and kept Ofsted happy, but it could never give pupils anything like the protection they need – especially now. With all risks heightened and children needing their MAT to care for them like never before, this is not the time to compromise.

Whatever standard your MAT is currently at, it’s time to reassess your practices, route out any weaknesses and ensure your digital safety is robust enough to properly protect the wellbeing and safety of your students in this changed landscape.

What next?

Get help to assess your current provision. Download our latest document ‘#5 Key Ways to Improve Your Digital Safeguarding during Covid-19 – A Guide for Multi-Academy Trusts‘ below. Or why not book a no-obligation walk-through of any of our digital safeguarding solutions. Click below to select a date and time of your choosing. Feel free to invite any colleagues along too.


Other articles in our MAT series:

Student Safeguarding in a Multi-Academy Trust.
Is your web filter exposing your students to risk?

Student Safeguarding in a Multi-Academy Trust.
How to reach vulnerable students who may be suffering in silence

Student Safeguarding in a Multi-Academy Trust.
New ways for ensuring joined up and accessible safeguarding data in your MAT

Student Safeguarding in a Multi-Academy Trust.
How to know if you are digitally safeguarding some pupils more than others – and what to do about it

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