Press Release - August 01, 2016
Missouri Schools Get Help Preventing Cyberbullying
Extended Partnership Between MOREnet and Gaggle Includes Student Safety Services
Bloomington, IL (August 1, 2016) – The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) and Gaggle announced today that K-12 schools throughout the state are now eligible for a consortium discount on Gaggle Safety Management.
Gaggle Safety Management ensures the safety of students through early warning detection of cyberbullying, self-harm, drug or alcohol use, pornography and other harmful situations. By combining machine learning technology with expert Safety Representatives, schools and districts can create safe digital learning environments for communication, collaboration and learning.
“Through great partners like MOREnet, we’re able to get in front of school districts eager to be proactive in preventing cyberbullying and other potentially harmful situations as a result of using school-issued technology,” said Jeff Patterson, Gaggle’s CEO and founder. “I’m excited to extend our partnership for another year and continue to provide our services and great customer care to MOREnet members.”
The renewed partnership coincides with last month’s news of Governor Jay Nixon signing a new law that requires school districts to adopt a youth suicide and cyberbullying prevention policy. All policies must require school district employees to report any instances of bullying of which they have firsthand knowledge. School districts also must investigate a report of bullying within two days. They must also complete the investigation within ten days.
“We are pleased to be able to offer the latest safety management solutions at deep discounts to our consortium,” said Natasha Angell, director of member services at MOREnet. “With Gaggle Safety Management, our K-12 schools will have a proactive option to help deliver student safety solutions and protect against ongoing cyber threats.”
MOREnet and Gaggle also extended their agreement to provide K-12 schools, public libraries, higher education institutions and other government entities a consortium discount on Gaggle’s archiving product that integrates with leading enterprise email systems. The partnership, now in its fourth year, goes into effect for the 2016-17 school year.
The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) is a member-driven consortium serving Missouri’s K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, state and local government, teaching hospitals and clinics and other affiliated organizations. MOREnet, which operates as a separate business unit within the University of Missouri, was created in 1991 to deliver secure, reliable and robust Internet connectivity to its members. Today MOREnet has evolved from an Internet service provider to an organization deploying and supporting the technology resources its members need to be successful.
MOREnet provides technical support, videoconferencing support, technical training, hosted and managed cloud services, disaster recovery services and network security. MOREnet is committed to supporting and enabling its members’ missions through the use of technology to enhance opportunities for public access, learning and research. For more information, visit http://www.more.net.
Gaggle has been providing safe online learning products and solutions to the K–12 market since 1999 with an ongoing focus on student safety so educators can allow learners to take advantage of technology for communication, collaboration and productivity.
The company continues to innovate, providing school and district websites that unify the online experience, affordable archiving, backup and records retention, and professional development and training on Gaggle products, G Suite for Education and Office 365™.