Like many school districts, we went into this digital transformation relying on our students and teachers to tell us when someone was acting in a way that would harm themselves or others. With nearly 24,000 students, 37 schools, and a superintendent who is tightly focused on student safety in both the online and offline world, we knew we needed to do more in this era of online learning. After all, children now are using technology that we, as adults, couldn’t have even envisioned five or 10 years ago.
Here are six strategies we used when implementing our safety platform:
1. Develop trust with your technology provider
2. Create a ‘safe’ space for sharing student information
3. Hire help for responding off hours
4. Develop and share protocols in advance
5. Use the platform to encourage good digital citizenship
6. Understand what students are capable of online
For our district, the natural choice was to implement a technology platform that would alert us to potentially worrisome communications. We took the step three years ago with the goal of making sure we didn’t leave the online presence of our students unattended. Today, our student safety solution plays an important role in helping us keep our students safe online, and in helping them be good digital citizens.