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The ST4S Safety and Privacy Standards and the EdAlive Online Learning websites

The Typing Tournament Online and Maths Invaders Online results

The EdAlive Central titles Typing Tournament Online and Maths Invaders Online, being the two completed websites at the time, were both submitted for ST4S evaluation. Both easily meet the minimum standards of the new ST4S (Safer Technologies 4 Schools) assessment conducted by ESA (Education Services Australia) thus validating their low-risk design and that of the EdAlive Central management system that they both share.

The other EdAlive Central Online Learning websites

Although they have not yet been assessed for ST4S, the other EdAlive Online Learning websites that have subsequently been launched share the same low-risk, EdAlive Central powered design as Typing Tournament and Maths Invaders Online. We anticipate that once assessed, they too will easily meet these minimum requirements. These online learning websites include: Words Rock OnlineBaggin’ the Dragon Maths Online and Volcanic Panic Reading Success Online.

Please request the assessment of the additional websites

Going forward, the ST4S assessment process will be driven by requests from schools through their relevant Departmental and organisational officers. These persons will relay the requests for assessment of a site or service to ST4S. You can help to raise the priority attendant to the assessment of Words Rock OnlineBaggin’ the Dragon Maths Online and Volcanic Panic Reading Success Online by making such requests.

About the new ST4S assessment program

The Safer Technologies 4 Schools (ST4S) Assessment, formerly known as the National Education Risk Assessment (NERA), is an Australian initiative operated by Education Services Australia (ESA). NB as at Nov 1 2020 EAS have advised that they are in the process of launching an ST4S website.

The ST4S evaluation process is being adopted across Australia and will eventually require all products and services in use by schools to be aligned to the ST4S standards. ST4S is sponsored by all Australian state and territory governments, Catholic Network of Australia, the Independent Schools Council of Australia and other relevant bodies.

ST4S criteria for assessment

An ST4S assessment evaluates the compliance of 3rd party products for compliance against criteria encompassing cyber security controls, the Australian Privacy Principle Guidelines and eSafety, all within the context of school use. It is designed to reduce the risk to schools when using online services.

Local and State based compliance

The various educational jurisdictions across Australia each have their own eSafety requirements, some of which may be additional to ST4S compliance.

Checking the veracity and scope of ST4S compliance

NSIP advise that schools wishing to enquire further about the details of the EdAlive websites ST4S status should direct their enquiries to the relevant education authority (Government schools to the relevant State/Territory Department of Education, Catholic schools to their local State or Diocese office and Independent schools to their State/Territory association).

Key features of the low risk, high security EdAlive Central design

From their inception, all of the EdAlive Central websites have been designed with privacy, security and eSafety in mind. This rock-solid design and our long heritage as publishers of elearning solutions acts at the foundation for all of our websites. Highlights of the EdAlive Central design include:

  1. Flexible options for student privacy. No requirement for date of birth or full student name.
  2. School-controlled public display of school and class names on leaderboards.
  3. Data hosted securely on Australian-based Information Registered Security Assessors Program (IRAP) certified cloud services.
  4. Encryption of all data both at rest and in transit.

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