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Inside Gaggle: Meet Our Team

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Inside Gaggle: Meet Our Team

Name: Jacob Huss Title: Account Manager Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Jacob Huss has been part of the Gaggle family for the past year and a half. As an Account Manager, Jacob helps some of our larger districts transition to Gaggle’s services, acting as an advocate for the districts across all three Gaggle teams: Operations,...

07/23/2019
Cincinatti Public Schools

Student Safety
Investing in Your Students’ Safety

When Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) started handing out laptops on a 1:1 basis, the district knew the importance of protecting its students in the digital world. Having used Gaggle’s platform for years to monitor online activity, CPS found their student safety investment became even more valuable as they expanded students’ access to technology. “Technology usage...

07/11/2019
Three Ways to Stop Sextortion in Its Tracks

Student Safety
Three Ways to Stop Sextortion in Its Tracks

Oftentimes, it starts with an anonymous text to a child or teen. The sender claims to have incriminating pictures and threatens to release the images across social media unless more sexually explicit images or videos are sent to the perpetrator. Scared, and hoping the harassment will stop, the minor complies with what is demanded. Unfortunately,...

07/03/2019
Oklahoma City Public Schools

Student Safety
Giving Students a Safe Way to Ask for Help

In order to better prepare their students for the real world, Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) started offering its students email capabilities. But with 45,000 students across 55 neighborhood elementary schools, 16 secondary schools, two alternative schools, and 16 charter schools, the district was concerned with how they would be able to monitor any inappropriate...

06/13/2019
Yorkville Community Unit School District 115

Student Safety
Knowing the Unknown: Monitoring to Keep Students Safe

After deploying a 1:1 computer initiative, Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 in Illinois was faced with concerns from parents and community members regarding how students’ digital usage would be monitored. Today’s digital native students have a knack for circumventing rules, blocks, and other systems put in place for their own good, which left many...

05/22/2019
Hero Squad

Student Safety
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
Providing Students a Lifeline to Prevent Suicide

Student Safety
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

Student Safety
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