St John Bosco College in Battersea, London, is a mixed Roman Catholic school for 11-18 year-old pupils. The school has a commitment to academic excellence along with a distinctive, caring, ethos which is summed up in the word RUAH, Hebrew for 'breath of life' which represents their core values of Respect, Understanding, Affection and Humour.
Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School is a high performing co-educational secondary with a thriving Sixth Form in Reading, Berkshire. The school isa member of the exclusive ‘SSAT Leading Edge’ national network of schools offering sector-leading advice and guidance across the education community. The school currently has over 870 pupils from 11 to 18 and has opted for a fully managed Securus Assisted Monitoring Service to keep their children safe online.
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"We have used Securus for many years and over this time we have watched it grow from strength to strength. It has transformed the behaviour of our students and we now get very little computer misuse. Securus has helped on numerous occasions to detect and provide early intervention for student safeguarding issues and the evidence is used by our student support department to help provide a safe, caring environment for all students as well as helping us to enforce our acceptable usage policy. Students can learn from their mistakes safely.”Sidmouth College, Devon
"Securus has been in place for many years, as safeguarding is a high priority at Berwick Academy. We understand the various ways in which children use the school devices and therefore learning in a safe environment and monitoring them from any incidents that cause them harm is important. We allow our students to take laptops home, when required outside of school hours. To ensure the continued appropriate use of technology, Securus will monitor off site activity and store it until back on the school network, where any captures can be viewed. Our students are from 13 to 18 years old and they know when they log in to use the ICT suite, that any inappropriate behaviour will be flagged and dealt with, which teaches them to use school technology safely".Berwick Academy Northumberland
"We were prompted by our investigation into the recent government requirement to investigate the steps that we take to keep children safe from harm online from cyberbullying, pornography and the risk of radicalisation.
We felt that Securus offered us the best possible solution in addressing the requirements of 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' and the needs of ourschool."
"In my opinion, no school, whether primary or secondary, can afford to operate without some form of protection against the dangers inherent in the use of modern technology.
We have a fully managed service in place, which allows the school to continue to operate without any time constraints to staff. Any incidents captured are checked by the ITS4all monitoring team and incidents of concern are reported to the school to take appropriate action."
"We have found Securus to be an invaluable tool to help ensure that our pupils’ use of the school’s IT facilities is adequately monitored and when there are concerns it gives us the ability to act quickly to resolve them with clear and accurate evidence. Blocking and filtering of websites is not enough and Securus provides us with an extra layer of protection which is vital to ensuring that we safeguard our pupils in their use of school IT equipment"St John Bosco College, Battersea
"We have set up Securus mainly for safeguarding purposes, rather than because of behavioural issues. The child protection team can monitor students and appropriate action can be taken by those caught by its monitoring software. Securus has been instrumental in safeguarding our students over the past 3 years and alerts us to any misuse on the computer systems. It acts as a deterrent against inappropriate activity. When we implemented Securus, the support engineers spent a lot of time tailoring it to our needs, to ensure we didn’t receive too many "false positives". We have also added our own specific key words to look out for and the Securus is flexible enough to keep up with the constantly changing world and trends.
The widespread monitoring on our school system has even surprised our own students."
"We are one of the largest primary schools in Leicester with children from 3 to 11 years of age.
Safeguarding our pupils is paramount and therefore having Securus in place gives us a better insight into what is happening on the network. We encourage our pupils to develop moral and social behaviours and to have respect for others, so by monitoring their activity we can detect any instances that occur on the school devices and take appropriate action."
"I have been using Securus now for over five years, and I would recommend it to anybody who has network responsibility and is looking to build on their existing tools, or needs a robust solution. In our environment, Securus is one part of a trinity of core tools that are deployed to help protect and safeguard all our network stakeholders. My day to day use of Securus tends to be reactive rather than proactive reporting, in that I can use the system to provide further detail into other network activity or user behaviour. The Securus screen captures provides valuable context in building an overall picture in investigating potential incidents, reported by other system tools (such as email filtering). Securus captures data from the screen and keyboard, and this can cause false positive reporting, but you can tune this out using the built in tools with or without Securus Tech Support.
Personally, I would rather deal with a few false positives than risk the chance of missing a vital capture. The Securus library can be tailored to capture specific keywords, and this can be invaluable in tracking short lived outbreaks or local subject related issues. Active Directory integration is included in the product, and in my case Securus Tech Support helped to iron out one or two initial user configuration problems. Securus also now offer a system health check, and I will shortly be taking advantage of this offer.
Securus is an integral part of our school network infrastructure, and as vital to me as any other server in the organisation. Securus can be configured to provide other non-technical support professionals with access to support their other activities, and this is very important to get the best out of the system."