Brillder is committed to the highest standards of child protection.
This policy is reviewed regularly by our Safeguarding Consultant, Adam Lubbock, and signed off by the Directors of Scholar 6 Ltd.
The evaluation of the safeguarding risk posed to children by the use of Brillder is LOW.
COMMUNICATION & HUMAN INTERACTION
Brillder is a non-human learning interface through which digital learning units called “bricks” are created and assigned to students, or found by students as individual learners/subscribers. It supports a limited number of human actions and interactions: Teachers or tutors known to students can invite students to join a class. This is done by automated e-mail. Teachers or tutors known to students can add generic comments to a completed assignment. [Functionality not yet live] Users can send links to bricks to each other via a brick’s URL, but only if they know each other’s email addresses. All users can send in a query or problem via the Help function which is answered anonymously by an email from our tech support team.
Mitigation and Safeguarding Protocols:
Email records can be retained and accessed within our system but access is restricted to the Chief Technology Officer, Lindsay Macvean, who is DBS checked, and to authorised members of his team. We DBS check all members of our Tech Support team. Email records are not accessed or used for personal communication by Brillder staff except for when an email is supplied in the context of a helpdesk query. There is no live ‘chat’ function to support users, nor are there chat rooms. Generic advisory emails may be sent to all users. These are approved by the CEO, Joe Francis, who is DBS checked. A teacher, tutor or other agent unknown to a student is unable to set content to them. 2.3 Learner Age The platform is designed primarily for pre-tertiary students in the 16-19 age range, for whom the educational content is designed. The platform has an advisory minimum age of 14 for student users.
Educational materials, especially those aimed at older children, may contain challenging or controversial content and we acknowledge a moral and intellectual responsibility to ensure that content balances the need to be stimulating and accurate with the need to be appropriate.
Personal vs Public Content
There are two broad categories of content:
PERSONAL – created by teachers for personal use with their own classes and not available to other users.
PUBLIC – created by teachers or subject specialists for public use and available to Brillder does not oversee content which teachers create for personal use and will not censor or moderate such content unless a complaint or concern is brought to us about such content. However, all users (including content creators like teachers who are creating bricks for personal use) sign an Acceptable Use Policy which specifically prohibits the creation or use of inappropriate, inflammatory or indecent content. A student subscriber has access to all subjects and all public catalogue content on the platform.
The arbitration of what is considered inappropriate, inflammatory or indecent is left to subject specialist editors (called commissioning editors): for example, a brick in History of Politics may contain content which is disputed or potentially inflammatory, but our subject/ commissioning editors are trained to recognise and raise potential concerns or to authorise publication in the interests of intellectual freedom. Likewise it is conceivable that some users may object to content in Biology or English Literature as being sexually explicit: without seeking to inflame or agitate user sensitivities, we robustly defend content which we consider appropriate and necessary. If subject/ commissioning editors and authors are in dispute, the General Editor (currently the CEO) will arbitrate.
When a teacher, content author, user or parent raises a concern about inappropriate content, we respond rapidly to review and reply to the concern. Further details are available within our Complaints Policy & Procedure. In the event of a complaint about a teacher who has created a brick for personal use we may, on investigation, suspend that teachers account. In the event that a serious concern arises, we acknowledge our responsibility to inform a school or the police.
MARKETING AND COMPETITIONS
4.1 In some circumstances we may correspond with children who enter competitions or participate in marketing activity. Such correspondence will be undertaken by DBS checked staff.
4.2 In some cases we may visit schools or participate in public events where children are present. Only DBS checked staff will attend or participate in such events on our behalf.
4.3 Regardless of our DBS status, we will comply as far as we are able to do so with all conditions imposed by organisations with children in their care.
5.1 Even if we have met the terms of our stated policies and practices in relation to safeguarding, we remain open to criticism or guidance regarding any child protection matter which arises in connection with the platform.
5.2 The Directors of Scholar 6 Ltd. take their responsibility for the wellbeing of children seriously and recognise that they are responsible for maintaining this policy and the safeguarding standards it aspires to.