Digital Safety and the Impact on Student Mental Health
As we prepare for the 2020–21 school year, educators must take a closer look at the digital tools being used to enhance the learning experience for today's students. Whether your district plans to resume in-person learning, continue with distance learning, or adopt a hybrid model, it's vital to take the necessary steps to protect the whole child. While purchasing items like masks and hand sanitizer to safeguard students in the physical world is high on the priority list, it's also important to consider whether or not students are truly safe in the digital environment.
Educators must do more than simply trust students to act safely online—we must ensure they are aware of the risks and equip them with the tools and skills they need to be good digital citizens. Listen to this informative panel discussion on digital safety and its impact on student mental health moderated by Dr. Matthew Joseph, the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Leicester Public Schools in Massachusetts.
Dr. Matthew Joseph
Dir of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
Leicester Public Schools
Dr. Henry Turner
Newton North High School
Dr. Adam Phyall III
Dir of Technology & Media Services
Newton County Schools
Milford Public Schools
Dir of Technology
South Portland Schools
South Portland, ME
Machine learning technology flags potentially harmful content and images in students’ school-issued email and online file storage accounts.
(G Suite, Office 365, and Canvas)
An in-house team of trained safety professionals work 24/7/365 to evaluate flagged content for false positives, categorize incidents, and determine their severity.
Gaggle intercepts harmful content and alerts administrators based on severity. In imminent situations, district-appointed contacts are notified immediately, even after standard business hours.