for K-12 educators and
administrators to help
create safe learning
Many schools have turned off Google Hangouts because of safety concerns. But turning off Hangouts doesn’t solve these problems. Opening up Hangouts with Gaggle Safety Management will result in greater student safety and offers exciting ways to engage students.
As districts like Hollidaysburg (PA), Meriden (CT), Temple (TX) and Yakima (WA) embark on 1:1 initiatives, introduce digital equity for learning or want to make sure students are safe in the open environment that they live in today, they’re turning to Gaggle to keep students safe when using G Suite for Education.
Law enforcement has made it a point to tell us that they’ve seen activity on Hangouts quickly go the wrong direction and have arrested and sent to prison individuals preying on students. These same law enforcement officials urge districts to monitor their students’ use of Hangouts similar to other forms of school-provided communication tools.
Matt Hutchison, Principal at Taylorville High School, IL, talks about his role regarding student safety as well as the impact Gaggle Safety Management has on students staying on task and getting the best learning opportunity possible.
G Suite for Education and Office 365 are wonderful learning solutions, but they also present a liability to K-12 schools and districts that don’t fully consider the ramifications of student safety. Moral of the story: If you use these tools, there is more than homework in your students’ drive accounts.
Our most recent Success Story highlights the work of Mario De La Rosa, Director of Safety and Security, and others at Round Rock Independent School District. In addition to learning how this Texas school district takes a proactive approach to student safety by breaking down department silos.
Without appropriate controls and a realistic understanding of student online behavior, use of communication and collaboration tools on school-or district-provided devices such as Chromebooks can create legal minefields for school districts, as well as unsafe or even dangerous environments for students.