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 for all students. But how exactly can schools keep their students safe in cyberspace, and how will they know when to take action?

Schools across the state are using Gaggle to monitor potential threats to students’ safety. Gaggle’s trained professionals alert administrators to any situations that need attention, letting school employees focus instead on doing their jobs. In Junction, Gaggle alerted school officials about a student who wrote about cutting in her online journal. The school was able to quickly intervene, and a counselor provided the student with the help she needed.

Integrating easily with G Suite for Education, Gaggle has become an integral part of edtech efforts at Temple Independent School District. “Gaggle has helped us learn more about our student population and realize that no matter how great the technology initiative and how many resources we might have, it’s all about students’ success and keeping them safe,” says Jessica Mays, the district’s instructional technology specialist.

In fact, Gaggle is implemented in 110 districts across Texas, and helped save 38 students’ lives during the 2017–18 school year. By being alerted of students struggling with a variety of credible threats, Texas schools are taking steps to ensure their students’ safety and well-being. “Gaggle Safety Management has paid for itself. It’s part of our school safety program and has proven to work,” says Mario De La Rosa, director of safety and security at Round Rock Independent School District.