Student Cyber Welfare in Australian Schools

Australian Schools use Saasyan Assure to control, monitor, and report on student online behaviour while in the classroom, or on the school network – with the end outcome of eradicating cyberbullying and self-harm and promoting good digital citizenship.

Over 2018, thus far, Assure has monitored billions of web browsing activities by thousands of Australian schoolchildren. Assure users then receive access to comprehensive dashboards for on-demand reporting, as well as get real-time notifications regarding high-risk behaviour. This aids in keeping young people safe online, prevents self-harm and helps save young lives.

We analysed 3 months of web browsing data, from 12,000 students in 6 schools around Australia, to provide a glimpse into student cyber welfare, internet usage habits, and trends. This analysis was done to provide greater insights for teachers, School administration, and pastoral care staff who use Assure. We wanted to better understand the online habits of today’s young people in the School environment. We are committed to the well-being of students. We wanted to share our findings so that schools can better care for the Cyber Welfare of the students.

After doing this analysis, we found many interesting and even alarming statistics. Our data highlights a truth that many parents, educators, and others in our community believe: the Cyber Welfare of Australian Students must be monitored – and that too on a daily basis, with live alerts – if we are to help at-risk children in time. These findings also reveal that tech-savvy students frequently attempt to bypass web controls, which tells us a simple web filter is insufficient to ensure student online safety. Schools must invest in a fully featured, next generation firewall, and pair it with the pastoral care features of Assure.

Some of our findings include:

  • Students are heavy consumers of internet bandwidth, in some cases using more than 30GB per month
  • The word ‘Suicide’ was searched almost 289 times, an average of almost once per day, per school
  • Many student are tech savvy, using VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) to bypass School web filters

Please see the below infographic for a visual summary of our findings.

If you would like to explore this data for your own school, please get in touch with us here.