School introduces IT software to protect pupils online at home and in the classroom

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A parent helping their child on the computer. Photo credit: Pexels
A parent helping their child on the computer. Photo credit: Pexels

Students at a secondary school are benefitting from a software solution which will see them protected on the internet both in the classroom and at home.

Whether they are using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or home PC, students from the Hollins secondary school in Accrington and their parents can be reassured that they are protected against exposure to inappropriate content, cyberattacks and malware threats.

The Hollins is the first school in the UK to install the networking software, designed by Cardiff-based iQuila which will allow students to have an uninterrupted connection to the school’s online resources.

Former Head Teacher at The Hollins and now CEO designate of the LET Education Trust, Steve Campbell said: “We have a duty of care to protect our students and part of this is embracing technology that provides them with school-filtered Internet access at home.

“The Internet is a major safeguarding issue, but by using iQuila we can fully encrypt any device that connects with our network through a simple software download. As well as protecting students, this will provide a high degree of reassurance to parents too.”

Another benefit to students at The Hollins, is that iQuila makes school software freely available to them at home. The school has organised this to reduce the financial burden on households and give all students the opportunity to learn remotely rather than being forced to complete work on the school site.

Javed Younis, a parent of a year 11 pupil at The Hollins, said: “I have had concerns about my son and other children browsing online or being involved in group threads, and the iQuila software has given me much greater peace of mind.

"Previously, my son asked me to help him remove pop-up boxes when he was watching online gaming videos, and they were clearly inappropriate.

"No parent wants their child to be exposed to this, so I feel very positive that through iQuila, he is being safeguarded when is on the Internet at home, and he completely understands the reason for downloading iQuila and keeping safe.”

iQuila becomes active on any device as soon as the user logs-in to ensure immediate protection. While it can be used on school-owned and personal devices, students have the option to turn off the software on their own devices at home.

David Sweet, CEO of iQuila, said: “Being able to extend the safety blanket of school-filtered Internet to students at home is something we’ve been passionate about for a long time.

"We recognised the potential our technology had for changing the face of learning at home many years ago and it’s been a pleasure working with a forward-thinking, progressive school like The Hollins to make it a reality for thousands of students.

"We know the difference it is already making to so many young people and teaching staff, and we look forward to rolling it out to many more schools in 2022.”

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