Author: Paget Hetherington

Ideas,
News &
Advice

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

Hero Squad

Gaggle Speaks
Taking a Proactive Approach to Suicide Prevention

If your school is concerned about self-harm and suicide, there are steps you can take to help prevent an incident before it occurs. Schools and districts across the country are turning to programs like Hope Squad to be more proactive in prevention, intervention, and postvention through their training programs for student-led teams. This school-based suicide...

05/18/2019

Gaggle Speaks
Providing Students a Lifeline to Prevent Suicide

4 out of 5 teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs When a person contemplates suicide, they may believe it is the only option to end their pain. In that moment, consumed by dark thoughts, suicide becomes the only way out. A simple “Are you okay?” could make all the difference.  Sharing your...

05/06/2019
Funding School Safety Initiatives: End of Year Funds

Gaggle Speaks
Funding School Safety Initiatives: End of Year Funds

Title IV (Deadline: June 30, 2019) School Violence Prevention Program (Deadline: May 31, 2019) When it comes to school safety, educators want the best for their students. However, budgetary restraints can sometimes prevent schools from purchasing the necessary solutions to enhance their safety initiatives. With threats in both the physical and digital worlds putting students...

04/27/2019
Huntley Community School District 158

Gaggle Speaks
Gaggle for Google: Student Safety in a 1:1 Chromebook District

Following a switch to a 1:1 technology initiative, Huntley Community School District 158 in Algonquin, IL needed a solution to monitor students’ activity. The district implemented Gaggle to gain full visibility over students’ email and Google Drive activity, allowing them to react quickly and seamlessly to any situations that put students at risk. The district,...

04/08/2019
Encouraging Appropriate Student Behavior in the Digital World

Gaggle Speaks
Encouraging Appropriate Student Behavior in the Digital World

Students don’t always fully understand the impact of their digital footprint, so it’s vital that educators set boundaries—especially when dealing with school-issued devices. In a district where students are in a 1:1 environment, how can educators ensure that they are behaving appropriately online every moment of every day? This was the challenge faced by Desert...

03/07/2019

Gaggle Speaks
Internet Hoaxes

We are aware of the Momo challenge. As with any other internet hoax, trend, challenge, or story, the way we analyze content allows us to review concerning situations regarding suicide, self-harm, and violence—regardless of the trending words used.  In the event that the resurfaced Momo challenge hoax leads your kids to communicate about thoughts of...

02/28/2019

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

Gaggle Speaks
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

Gaggle Speaks
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