Author: Alex Beck

Ideas,
News &
Advice

for K-12 educators and
administrators to help
create safe learning
environments.

Gaggle Speaks
Safety Management in Action: A Literal Life-Saver

A cry for help sometimes is hard to distinguish from simple teen angst. The context and tone in student communications, including the many social media messages and notifications unrelated to school, require the same diligent observation to assure student safety.

06/09/2014

Gaggle Speaks
Safety Management in Action: Staying on Top of Terms Students Use

The language students use to describe drug use, alcohol, parties, sexual activity, bullying and more are always changing, requiring the Gaggle blocked words list to be constantly updated to adapt to new trends and terminology.

06/02/2014

Gaggle Speaks
Safety Management in Action: Are you confident your students are protected from predators in and out of school?

The same ease-of-use provided by the internet for a student with a knowledge-hungry mind is also a tool that gives sexual predators and pedophiles easy access to social profiles and email of students. Many of the most common social networks require very little setup and can easily connect two people with no previous interaction. Are you confident your students are protected from predators in and out of school?

05/12/2014

Gaggle Speaks
Safety Management in Action: A Student Told to “Kill Herself”

The phrase “kill myself” was sent through Gaggle 1,807 times in the first semester of the 2013-2014 school year at an average of nine times per day. Gaggle’s Student Safety Representatives monitor every one of these frightening declarations and have the critical job of identifying the difference between a reckless misuse versus a true threat to a student’s safety.

04/28/2014

Gaggle Speaks
Safety Management in Action: Threat of Suicide

See how Gaggle Student Safety Representatives and Gaggle Safety Management monitor student communications around the clock to catch dangerous situations. In eleven minutes, this potentially life-threatening situation was flagged, forwarded, and dealt with by the student’s administrators to make sure all were kept safe.

04/14/2014
Kik

Gaggle Speaks
Safety Management in Action: Unsolicited Nude Photos on Kik

Twenty-two percent of teens between the ages of 14 and 17 have sent and/or received pornographic images via mobile phone. Fifteen percent of teens have sent nude photos of themselves to someone they’ve never. No longer are children and teens protected by the anonymity of an 11-digit phone number.

03/31/2014

Gaggle Speaks
Safety Management in Action: Saving a Student’s Broken Heart

On Friday, February 14th, “Amy” was using her Gmail account to email her friend “Jacob’s” Gaggle account. Initially, the conversation revolved around typical adolescent relationship problems. However, the exchange quickly took a turn for the worse, with Amy stating “I want to die” and “I want to kill myself.”

03/14/2014

Gaggle Speaks
Safety Management in Action: Weeding Out One Student’s Bad Choice

Early one school day, a student, “Jamie,” at Colony High School in Palmer, AK, sent a chat message to his friend letting him know how excited he was that he showed his father something he had nicknamed “neptune.” The word was present in numerous chats the student had, but did not include any further context.

03/03/2014