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Internet safety specialist Security Risk Management Limited (SRM) is today unveiling its bespoke on-line Virtual E-Safety Officer (VE-SO) portal for schools. The portal will provide access to resources and tools which support teaching and learning for internet safety and cyber security. The pioneering technology will make it possible for schools to work together to gather intelligence as well as addressing all E-Safety issues in line with Ofsted recommendations in a responsive, secure and cost-effective way.
The VE-SO portal will provides staff, students and parents with access to unique pages containing information and advice on internet safety, specifically tailored to meet their particular requirements. Questions and concerns can also be sent to avatars within the VE-SO portal, connecting through to a panel of experts based at SRM’s office in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Led by the former head of the High Tech Crime Unit at Northumbria Police, the panel also includes teachers and students who combine E-Safety qualifications with practical experience. Concerns can be answered, advice given and incidents reported in whatever way has been pre-agreed with the individual school in line with their E-Safety protocols. In serious cases, the police Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre can be accessed directly from within the portal. Unlike an in-school E-Safety officer, the VE-SO will also be able to respond to enquiries and concerns from parents who are able to log in from home.
SRM has a long track record in the E-Safety sector, having worked with the MOD, Government organisations and private businesses for over ten years. It is also a recognised E-Safety training provider. Tom Fairfax, Managing Director of SRM says:
“Until now, schools have had to train up members of staff or attempt to find a resident E-Safety officer with the appropriate level of training. Both of these options can present a problem. The VE-SO portal meets the school’s Ofsted obligations fully, enabling those responsible to ensure that concerns are answered and incidents appropriately reported. But also, very importantly, the VE-SO portal provides an opportunity to gather intelligence and develop a community intelligence model for the education sector, enabling participating schools to benefit from trend information and forecasts. This is something an in-school E-Safety officer would simply not be able to do.”