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.
To stay ahead of the curve and keep students safe, Gaggle often uncovers these new trends and language by studying and understanding context of communications sent by students. An email thread between students discussing a party this coming weekend could provide insight into new phrases and terms that ultimately are added to the blocked words list.
One recent development is the use of Burt’s Bees lip balm spread on the eyelids to get the feeling of a drug “high.” Teens are calling this “Beezin.” The product causes a tingling sensation when used properly on the lips, but students have found this sensation to be enjoyable on eyelids as well. Although physicians have reported the only serious side effects to be along the lines of pink eye, these types of trends should not go unnoticed.
Terms like “Beezin” are discovered by Gaggle Safety Management Student Safety Representatives regularly, and can be added to the blocked words list to catch any future reference by students. While “Beezin” is relatively harmless, the next uncovered trend might not be.
Gaggle’s Safety Representatives continue to discover websites and apps that pose potential risks to students. Here’s a popular and ever-growing list of “Top Social Networks & Apps Your Kids Use.”