for K-12 educators and
administrators to help
create safe learning
I don’t believe in a walled garden approach to online student safety. If you build a wall, students will climb over it and dig under it. There are also plenty of troublemakers on the other side of the wall trying to get to our kids. Instead, I want every school to have a garden, or playground, monitored by adults with plenty of open gates.
Whenever a district or school provides account access owned by the school district, educators have to be clear that there should be no expectations of privacy. Instead, we have to protect students by teaching them digital citizenship and, like a locker number, not take anything for granted.
I shake my head when I hear conversations or even debates about whether or not a district should block direct access to YouTube. While you shouldn’t allow carte blanche access, you no longer have to block YouTube anymore within school walls. GaggleTube allows for safe and fast searching of YouTube videos even when a district blocks YouTube.