Author: Paget Hetherington

Ideas,
News &
Advice

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

Gaggle Speaks
How Vancouver Public Schools Safeguards Students Using District-Provided Devices

Following the implementation of a 1:1 technology initiative at Vancouver Public Schools in Washington, the district’s superintendent recognized the need for a watchful eye on student safety. In order to ensure that students’ online presences weren’t unattended, the district’s IT team turned to Gaggle’s safety management platform. For the past three years, Gaggle’s trained safety...

02/12/2019

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Keeping Texas Students Safe

In today’s society, it’s imperative that student safety concerns be addressed not just in the physical sense, but also in the digital world. In 2017, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 179, putting David’s Law into effect in Texas. This law helps prevent cyberbullying in the state, helping to provide a safe, supportive school climate...

01/25/2019

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Students Experiencing Distress Need Early Intervention: Secret Service Report on Reducing School Violence

Are there steps schools can take to intervene and help prevent violence? The answer to this question is yes. As recently as early December 2018, a school shooter was blocked at an Indiana school thanks to a tip made to local police. As noted in this article from EdWeek, “effective prevention efforts and cooperation between schools and...

01/08/2019

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Signs and Signals of Violence: Secret Service Report Indicators Defined

Research conducted by the US Secret Service showed a strong correlation between school shootings and previous incidents of bullying and suicidal tendencies. Bullying, and even extreme bullying, was cited by the report as one of the most prevalent causes for violence at 71%. Potential suicidal tendencies are an indicator of possible violence, with 78% of shooters...

01/07/2019