Day 2 of Bett 2019 and Russell Prue was joined by a whole host of guest speakers on NetSupport Radio.

Al Kingsley (MD of NetSupport and Chair of Governors at a multi-academy Trust) kicks things of by explaining what the new contextual-based Risk Index feature coming soon to NetSupport DNA is all about.

“We have taken a step back and recognised that our existing safeguarding technology identifies which topics are searched by children that may put them at risk. But actually, in a classroom setting observations are done with eyes and ears providing more context around student activity, and so within NetSupport DNA we have extended our keyword and filtering tool to add contextual intelligence. What this means is that when a child triggers a safeguarding keyword on the school network, such as self-harm, we want to know was it triggered out of school hours or in the classroom, what website was used, does the website include chat forums, and most importantly, what is the history of this child. Have they searched for this topic before, if so how many times and over what time period. If the answer is a lot and over a short time period, it would suggest that this child is genuinely at risk, compared to a student who typed it in once in a supervised class setting. The feature also helps draw staff attention to these students and helps staff to make informed judgments based on the information provided. Software is there not to make decisions but to provide all the information allowing people to make the real-world assessment.”

Russell Prue was also joined by Nic Ford from Bolton School who was discussing rollout tips for edtech, as well as Katie Henry and Mark Anderson who were discussing the two questions that you should ask before you buy your next edtech tool.

Marialice B.F.X. Curran from the Digital Citizenship Institute also dropped by to discuss the meaning behind Digital Citizenship and how being proactive and learning alongside students can support an ongoing dialogue.

To listen to the full podcast click here.