District Uses Gaggle to Promote Online Safety

District Uses Gaggle to Promote Online Safety
Posted on 08/14/2020
This is the image for the news article titled District Uses Gaggle to Promote Online SafetyThis year, our District will use the Gaggle safety management solution to proactively protect students and ensure that they are safely and correctly using school-provided digital tools.

The Gaggle safety management solution uses a combination of artificial intelligence and trained safety experts to provide real-time analysis and review of students’ use of online tools. It constantly scans accounts for harmful content and alerts school officials when students show signs of self-harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, cyberbullying, credible threats of violence against others, or other harmful situations.

With this solution, our District can proactively identify students who are struggling, provide support where needed, and create a safer school environment. Gaggle provides a simple way for students to easily and confidentially report threats of violence, bullying, peers in crisis, and other imminent threats via the SpeakUp for Safety tip line.

Trained Gaggle safety representatives evaluate SpeakUp for Safety tips 24/7/365 and send an email regarding non-life-threatening items to designated school or district staff members. In severe situations, district-appointed contacts are notified immediately. In the most imminent cases, Gaggle will contact law enforcement to intervene if they are unable to notify a district-appointed contact.

Gaggle Reported these Nation-Wide Results for the 2019-2020 School Year

- 64,000 references to suicide or self-harm in students’ online activity. Of these, more than 5,600 were serious enough to merit immediate attention by the district in which they were reported.
- 38,000 references of violence toward others. More than 1,600 warranted an immediate call to prevent a potential incident.
- 18,000 instances of nudity or sexual content, of which more than - 2,400 were identified to be child pornography.

“With students using many more digital tools, safety is more important than ever,” said Deidre Roemer, Director of Leadership and Learning. “We want to be able to assist students in abusive situations, in crisis, or those experiencing mental health challenges. This powerful tool will help us identify students that need our support.”

About Gaggle
Since 1999, Gaggle has been the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts across all 50 states avoid tragedies and save lives, while also protecting their liability. For more information, visit www.gaggle.net and follow Gaggle on Twitter at @Gaggle_K12.