Simi Valley, CA – Nov. 17, 2016 – Shootings, bomb threats and other types of school violence are all too common in the United States, requiring schools to constantly seek new ways to ensure student safety. To support this work, Impero Software and the Educator’s School Safety Network have partnered to help schools detect and address potential incidents of school violence.
Impero Software, aleading remote monitoring and management software provider for K12 districts, and the Educator’s School Safety Network, a nonprofit organization that provides safety training and resources to schools, are partnering to enhance Impero’s library of keywords relating to weapons, bombs and violence. The keyword library, coupled with Impero Education Pro Internet monitoring software, allows educators to receive alerts if students use the keywords or phrases while on the school network. Educators are then able to view the students’ comments or Internet searches in context to determine the appropriate next steps.
“In situations of school violence, the perpetrator often leaves a trail of online clues or warning signs leading up to the incident such as social media posts or online searches on bombs or guns,” said Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero Software. “Sadly, however, these clues are so often only found after a serious event is investigated. Our goal is to help schools keep students safe by monitoring for these events ahead of time and in turn empowering the school to have a dialogue with that student early on. By partnering with the Educator’s School Safety Network we are creating a rich library of keywords that can help schools unearth these clues and intervene before a tragedy occurs.”
The updated keyword library will include new terms dealing with weapons, bomb threats and violence. It will include slang terms that students may use, but that might be unfamiliar to adults.
The Educator’s School Safety Network advocates school safety training, violence prevention and threat assessment management. It provides safety resources and training to schools and also offers policy reviews, crisis plan assessments, security audits, crime and discipline analysis, site and facilities inspections, among other services.
"The Educator's School Safety Network partners with organizations and companies that are creating effective tools that help educators keep kids safe and we chose to partner with Impero because the great work they are doing fits exactly within our mission – empowering educators to do the work of school safety,” said Amanda Klinger, Esq., Director of Operations for the Educator’s School Safety Network. “Impero understands that you can't simply stick a tool into the hand of an educator and call it a success – our educators need training in how to utilize the tool, understanding what the tool can help them accomplish, and how the tool fits into the overall safety mission of a school.”
The partnership is part of Impero’s ongoing work to support schools in keeping students safe online and promoting good digital citizenship. Impero launched a $2.5 million “Best Technology for Schools” grant program on Nov. 1, 2016 to help schools gain access to this state-of-the-art technology. The company also released a white paper, co-authored with the Digital Citizenship Institute, on Oct. 28, 2016, at the Digital Citizenship Summit in San Francisco, that offers insight and best practices when teaching digital citizenship in schools.
Impero’s software monitors students’ online activity on the school network and uses algorithms to alert educators if students use keywords that could indicate issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, radicalization, self-harm, or a range of other issues. Impero also offers classroom management tools that teachers can use to take back full control of their classroom while allowing students to benefit fully from the use of technology. For example, teachers can share their screens, send and share files with students, take over or lock students’ computers, create exams and tests, assign tasks, send direct messages to students, or draw students’ attention back to the teacher. Schools can also use Impero Software for a wide array of administrative IT tasks such as controlling passwords, managing the use of printers, or setting computers to power on or off at certain times.
Impero Software is relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, it is currently accessed via over one million devices in more than 70 countries, including by 500 US districts. In the UK it is the market-leading provider of Classroom, Network and Internet Safety Management Software, with a greater than 40 percent market share of UK secondary schools and 24 percent of colleges.
The company provides intelligent school IT management to help teams cut costs and maximize productivity. Impero’s cutting edge software and powerful learning tools assist schools in the day-to-day running of their computer networks, putting teachers back in control of the classroom and enabling them to proactively deal with internet safety concerns on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.ImperoSoftware.com.
About The Educator’s School Safety Network
The Educator’s School Safety Network is a nonprofit organization that provides training, resources and technical assistance on school safety to educators and administrators. It is comprised of consultants with backgrounds and expertise in the areas of education, emergency response, law, technology and criminal justice. Its consultants have presented at events throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit http://eschoolsafety.org/.