Keeping Students Safe on District-Issued Technology

Keeping Students Safe on District-Issued Technology
Posted on 12/08/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Keeping Students Safe on District-Issued Technology

In September, our West Allis-West Milwaukee School District announced it had partnered with Gaggle to monitor the use of district-issued technology.  Gaggle constantly scans accounts for harmful content.  Items are categorized into three levels (e.g., User Violations, Questionable Content, and Potential Student Situation).  Each level connects to a response from District-appointed personnel.

We are especially cognizant of the issues surrounding mental health for our students and their families.  Gaggle scans for imminent threats of harm to self or others that require the immediate attention of District-appointed personnel. In these cases, Gaggle will email and phone District-appointed personnel for a more prompt response.  In these severe situations, law enforcement may be involved in the resolution of the situation.

If students make references to online bullying, violence, or self-harm, Gaggle emails District-appointed personnel for follow-up.  Student services staff will be contacting students and parents to investigate the situation and provide assistance to ensure the student is safe. In cases of illegal or illicit content (e.g., pornography), the school principal will be contacted.

Using curse words or sending provocative photographs, etc. is not acceptable behavior in school or online.  In situations like this, Gaggle will email the user with a notice of content violation.  If there are multiple content violations, Gaggle will email the school principal regarding the student’s online behavior.  We ask that students and parents refer to the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook regarding acceptable behavior HERE

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, please contact:
Teen Crisis Line: (414) 271-9523
Suicide Prevention 24-Hour Crisis Line: (414) 257-7222
Suicide Helpline: (800) 273-8255