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Written by Lisa Railton
on February 18, 2020

When it comes to student safety, equity matters. It’s so important to ensure that student safety efforts reach every single student rather than a select few. As risky student behaviors like substance abuse, violence toward others, cyberbullying, and child pornography continue to grow, it's vital that school districts protect all students equally.

Some safety solutions put the cost of student safety on parents rather than school districts. While this may seem appealing to districts with tight budgets, there is no guarantee that all families will be able to afford the service—leaving some students without the same level of protection as others. Student safety shouldn’t come down to socioeconomic advantage.

The same also applies to students of different grade levels. While many believe the concerning issues facing today’s students are only apparent at the high school level, those in elementary and middle schools also need protecting from the same threats. It’s so important to implement student safety initiatives across the board—a child’s age should not prevent them from falling into a district’s safety net.

At Gaggle, the focus of our safety team is to provide all students with the help they need, regardless of demographic factors. Our algorithm reviews content anonymously, so we have no context or background on students when we identify potential issues. We know that equitable prevention practices are paramount to providing students with a fair education and the support they need, and we're always striving to make our technology and teams better in order to better serve our student populations and district partners.

All students deserve to safely receive their education—no matter their race, orientation, or socioeconomic background. Gaggle Safety Management is a safety net for each and every student in the districts and schools utilizing the platform, regardless of their situation. We’re leveling the playing field to ensure that if a student is struggling, we’ll find them.

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