What is e-Safe and why is it on my computer?
Who runs eSafe ?
e-Safe is an external company run in the UK. They are a team of forensic data analysts that review electronic submissions and report any ‘suspicious behaviour’ to the Heads of School. It is installed on all school laptops as a safety precaution. It is important to note that because the company is based in the UK it is subject to their laws and regulations, which are slightly different to our own.
What does e-Safe monitor?
e-Safe has the ability to log key strokes, screen scrape and colour match. The important thing to note is that text and colour are monitored. Thus if trigger words or images are typed into the laptop, then screen captures will be taken. The most common triggers for e-Safe are swearing, illegal activities, suicidal language, risky and/or dangerous behaviour. Recently, the most common reports make mention of excessive swearing. It was this data that has alerted the Tech Centre to the amount of online gaming that occurs at school. It should be noted that if the swearing had not triggered e-Safe, then no actions would have been taken against gaming.
What are e-Safe’s main concerns:
- Suspicious behaviour (e.g. Terrorism)
- Suicidal language or posts
- When danger is involved
- When risky behaviour is detected
- Inappropriate sites for school aged children
- Illegal behaviour
When am I monitored by e-Safe ?
You are only monitored throughout the School term and during exams. Day students are monitored Monday to Friday from 8:15am – 3:30pm whereas Boarders are monitored 24/7 all day every day.
Who finds out about my e-Safe data?
Unless there is cause for concern, nobody will find out about your e-Safe data. The School does not look into e-Safe reports without a good reason (please see above for a list of reasons). If something is detected by e-Safe, a report will be sent to the Head of your respective school. At Scotch, senior school students have their report sent to Peter Burt, and Middle school student reports are sent to Richard Ledger.
What happens when I try to remove e-Safe from my machine?
This actually alerts the Tech Centre that you have removed e-Safe. Trying to remove or ‘crack’ e-Safe may be more conspicuous than just leaving it on your machine. Once the Tech Centre has flagged you as removing or uninstalling e-Safe, you will be put into a group where it will automatically re-install itself on your laptop. If your name continues to appear in said group, you will be referred to Peter Burt or your Head of Year.