Simi Valley, CA, Nov. 2, 2017 – Impero Software has released a powerful new video showing the dangers of sexting and online bullying, and the important role online monitoring software plays in schools to keep students safe. Impero’s release of the video coincides with the 2017 Digital Citizenship Summit November 2nd and 3rd, which focuses on expanding conversations around young people and their use of technology. 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 tells the story of “Chloe,” a teenage girl who sends explicit images to another student with his promise that he won’t share them with anyone else. But he does. By morning, it has circulated throughout her school and someone has posted it to a website to further share the image with others. Her inbox is filled with messages about the picture. Classmates are making fun of her and calling her degrading names. Chloe skips school, and searches online for “painless suicide”. The video then implies that she commits suicide.
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