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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Staying Safe Online

The internet is an amazing resource which enables young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices.

The internet is an amazing resource which enables young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices.

In line with our statutory safeguarding obligations we monitor all IT use at CHSG and across all Trust schools. We are currently use a system called Visigo in all Trust schools.

Visigo captures everything that a user types, which can even include items they subsequently delete. Because it works on keystrokes, Visigo looks at the language that is used regardless of what program the user is typing in, or how it’s encrypted.

The captured text is examined by the unique Visigo artificial intelligence system, which uses machine learning to determine if there might be a safeguarding issue. Visigo continuously builds a profile of users, allowing the system to accurately interpret between a one-off event or a consistent pattern of behaviour.

User profiles are assessed for risk against a number of safeguarding topics. If there is any danger at all, Visigo will take a screenshot, and forward this to an expert human moderation team in the relevant school for immediate analysis. This is the  Designated Safeguarding Lead in each school and their deputies. Visigo will contact the organisation in a way appropriate for the type of risk, their age, and type of organisation. For example, language that may be a little inappropriate for a 16 year old to use, may represent a safeguarding risk in a 9 year old user, and so the action taken will vary accordingly. The information is used to ensure our legal obligation to keep children safe while using the Trust’s IT and to help prevent unlawful acts.

Miss H Holmes, Designated Safeguarding Lead