Impero’s goal is to draw attention to the issues of sexting and cyberbullying, and to the importance of teaching digital citizenship and intervening early to prevent tragedy.
The video then backtracks and shows how different that scenario could have been if Chloe’s school had been using monitoring software that could alert her teachers of the cyberbullying. The school blocks access to the site from the school network and holds an assembly about the dangers of cyberbullying. The messages to Chloe slow down, classmates instead voice their support, and instead of searching for ways to commit suicide Chloe posts a smiling photo on Instagram that she is “looking forward to the weekend.”
The video is framed as if the viewer is looking at Chloe’s mobile phone. The story is told via the texts and photos that appear on the phones of Chloe and her classmates – and later on her instructor’s computer.
“Shocking as this video is, scenarios like this are playing out across the country. We hear from schools each day that have had issues with cyberbullying, sexting and in worst case scenarios teen suicide. By being proactive, schools can have better success in preventing these scenarios before they escalate” said Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero Software. “We hope this video will bring attention to the issue and offer schools a solution.”
Impero partners with schools to provide online monitoring software that can alert instructors or administrators if it detects students typing or searching for certain keywords related to sexting, cyberbullying, radicalization, self-harm and more. It also provides anonymous reporting features and classroom management tools to help schools and IT departments manage multiple devices, as the use of technology in the classroom continues to rise. Impero also offers EdLink, a mobile device management tool to help schools manage one-to-one initiatives and BYOD programs.
“Detecting messages from students indicating cyberbullying, sexting, or other issues, such as threats of gun violence or racial tension, can be a key to early intervention and preventing a potentially tragic situation from getting out of hand,” said Pemberton. “We provide tools to help schools do this.”
The video is part of Impero’s ongoing work to support schools in keeping students safe online and promoting good digital citizenship. The company has partnered with advocacy organizations to produce white papers at the 2017 and 2016 Digital Citizenship Summits. It also released an Online Safety Handbook this year which provides resources and best practices for schools that are using Impero Education Pro.
About Impero Software
Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 million devices in over 90 countries. Impero is used by over 1,400 UK high schools and in over 500 U.S. districts.
Impero’s cutting edge EdTech software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Impero’s sophisticated online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online.
For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com