Cyberbullying: Protecting Our Students
Bullying is nothing new, though the venue has evolved from passing notes and gossiping to using technology and social media. Some like to call it “drama” but it is more than that – it is cyber bullying. By definition “cyber bullying” is when a child, preteen or teen is repeatedly tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, or mobile phones.
Cyber bullying is a silent epidemic. Educating students on how to stay cyber safe requires a proactive approach; research shows that children, preteens, and teens are unlikely to tell adults they are being harassed. Gaggle is committed to preventing bullying and protecting students. Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of aggression experienced by young people in the nation.
At Gaggle we believe technology can support learning as well as students’ social and emotional development. Our filtering and safety features have always given educators the peace of mind they need to provide web tools that engage students and empower teachers. Gaggle is committed to preventing bullying and protecting students by providing schools with Real Student Safety.
- Gaggle’s Cyber Safety Course is a series of four short videos from NetCetera, which is a part of the federal government’s www.OnGuardOnline.gov project. Students are required to not only view each video, but correctly answer a series of questions to check for understanding. All users receive a certificate of completion once they finished the course. Gaggle’s Cyber Safety course, along with our filters, access management and monitoring, create an online environment where teachers and students can communicate and collaborate safely.
- Gaggle Safety Management puts the monitoring of blocked messages in Gaggle’s hands, eliminating the need for teachers to review questionable communications so they can concentrate on classroom instruction. 24/7 Gaggle Safety Management greatly improves the safety and security of students, both online and in the real world. Gaggle’s Student Safety Representatives have been instrumental in stopping cyber-bullying, preventing fights, detecting substance abuse, and intervening with students contemplating suicide. Detecting issues early allows parents and educators to intervene positively on behalf of students.
Gaggle is the final puzzle piece that districts need to securely incorporate collaboration tools into the classroom and impact real world student safety. With Gaggle’s Real Student Safety features, districts can be assured that communications are being constantly monitored and that safety concerns will be quickly addressed.