Established over 15 years ago, Future Digital’s core objective is to provide the most dynamic e-safety solutions for the rapidly changing digital and ICT environment.
Its sophisticated active monitoring solution ensures that teachers and offender management services have full visibility of what is happening in the digital environment. This guarantees that students are on task, protected from risk, and getting the full benefits offered by e-learning, and that offenders can be tracked to check for any breaches of any orders that they are currently under. Future Digital’s new FD Record software has now been added as a fully comprehensive safeguarding management system that allows schools to record and share all safeguarding incidents in one easy-to-use, cloud-based solution.
Trusted by a large number of Local Authorities, individual schools, the public sector, law enforcement agencies and in the home, Future Digital’s safeguarding solutions allow you to create flexible digital environments where users are free to access and enjoy all the benefits of the internet without curtailing or limiting their experience.
Future Digital is dedicated to educating and shaping positive online experiences while protecting more vulnerable users. Our technology continues to define the e-safety space by providing leading, innovative software solutions designed to protect and safeguard against online dangers.
Our active monitoring solutions ensure compliance with the ‘Prevent’ duty, and the KCSiE 2018 mandatory monitoring requirements. It covers institutions’ responsibilities in regard to online safeguarding, as inspected by Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework. It is also fully customisable making it easier to implement the new GDPR legislation.
Our solutions extend to a wide range of devices including PC, Mac, iPad and our new fully scalable Cloud solution. Over the coming months Future Digital will be providing e-safety solutions for Android, Chromebook and Windows Phone ensuring that your whole environment is protected.
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MONITORING AND FILTERING
As of September 2016, it became a mandatory requirement of KCSiE guidelines to have an online monitoring system in place. While many schools in the UK have a filtering system in place, filtering alone does not fulfil this obligation.
Filtering and monitoring complement each other but work quite differently.
What Filtering does?
Although some filtering providers might give you reports when blocked sites have been visited, they may not be able to give you context and may only inform you after a delay.
What Active Monitoring does?
Active monitoring uses up to date threat related libraries to create real-time alerts for safeguarding staff.
Why is active monitoring important?
Whether it’s words in an email being sent, or videos viewed in a new app, all content is monitored with alerts being set up against the up-to-date libraries from multi-agencies.
Monitoring is an OFSTED requirement, not to act as a form of CCTV within your school, but to alert you to real, specific risks that have been identified through an intelligent pre-graded system. It gives your school important intelligence that can help you to identify trends and behaviours.
Active monitoring is a way of early detection of student’s problems whether it be a child protection or a mental health issue. High graded alerts can be set in real-time so that you can act on issues as soon as they happen. Early intervention is a proven method for more positive outcomes in relation to cyber-bullying, suicidal thoughts, depression, radicalisation, online grooming, self-harm and anxiety.
Active monitoring can also be customised to suit the needs of pupils in your school and allow you to discover the root of some of the issues that arise.
How does this work in the real world?
Imaginary examples that could happen based upon feedback.
Jemima Perdy, Year 6
Jemima types into google “the most pain-free way to kill yourself” Her teacher calls out her name and she quickly exits the screen. Although Jemima never ran the search, the phrase she typed in set off an alert which was sent to her safeguarding lead. Having been alerted, Jemima’s safeguarding lead instantly implements school procedure for a child with suicidal thoughts in the school.
Harry Dean Year 10
The school have noticed that Harry’s behaviour has changed recently but they don’t know the reason for the pattern. Harry, starts working on a collaborative document with a friend. They start mucking about and Harry, not daring to say it aloud, writes into the document, ‘do you fancy a zoot at break and then quickly deletes it’.The text is picked up and screen captured sending a high alert as it is referencing drugs. The safeguarding lead picks up the alert and acts on the information instantly. The boys can be caught before it is too late and the school procedure for stopping drugs can be implemented.
Amy Fieldy Year 11
Amy is very pretty and James in year 13 has started to befriend her. James dumps his girlfriend Cheryl as he is more interested in Amy and Cheryl is furious. She gathers together a group of year 13’s and creates a “we hate Amy Fieldy” website. The girls post malicious messages anonymously on the website and put a photo of Amy’s head on top of a boy’s body to embarrass her. Amy has confided in a teacher that all the year 11’s are ostracising her because of this website that is being shared around on social media. She doesn’t know who is doing it. The school decided to customise their software to highlight any use of the name Amy. Within 24 hours they have caught 5 girls including Cheryl posting on the website during lessons. Having gathered the evidence, they take the necessary action.