Filtering & Monitoring
Clarkston Community Schools has partnered with Gaggle to help support our efforts to ensure student safety and well-being. CCS will use the Gaggle Safety Management solution to keep watch over content students produce through their school-issued accounts to help us identify those who are in need of help.
Gaggle uses a powerful combination of technology and human intelligence to review students’ use of online tools and provide real-time analysis of potentially concerning behavior or content. Gaggle alerts school officials if students show signs of self-harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, cyberbullying, credible threats of violence against others, or other harmful situations. With Gaggle, we are better equipped to proactively identify struggling students, provide support where needed, and foster a safer school environment.
- Who is monitoring the student content for Gaggle?
- How has Gaggle helped other districts?
- Can I opt my student out of Gaggle monitoring?
- What happens if content is flagged by Gaggle.
The Gaggle Safety Team Operations Manager had this to say about their staff members that monitor the flagged materials. “Everyone that sees items in the queue has had a background check. We have ongoing theme training on the Safety Team to stay up to date on current trends, changes in culture, etc. We have a partnership with NCMEC [National Center for Missing and Exploited Children], attend training with law enforcement, work with professional bias trainers, and participate in courses aimed toward professionals in student safety.”
When content is flagged by Gaggle's software it is immediately sent to a team of trained professionals for review of context. If the information is determined to be a threatening in nature it is then forwarded on to the designated emergency contact at the impacted school. At that point, school administration will work directly with families, and law enforcement if necessary, to support the student(s) involved.
GoGuardian Monitoring and Filtering Software
In order to comprehensively manage the use of school-issued Chromebooks, and to help keep students safer online, Clarkston Community Schools has enabled a web-based filtering and monitoring service called GoGuardian.
GoGuardian operates on our school's managed and owned Chromebooks and on Chrome browsers when logged into the student's school-managed Google Suite for Education account on other computer devices, both while at school and at home. With GoGuardian, your child may use his/her assigned Chromebook more safely and for learning purposes.
Over 2,000 schools and districts use GoGuardian, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed the GoGuardian Teacher product.
We have chosen GoGuardian to:
- help protect your child against harmful and inappropriate online material as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA),
- focus your child's/children's learning experience and age-appropriate online resources,
- quickly understand where your child is spending time online using school managed/owned devices,
- visually assess and respond to your child's progress during class time, easily distribute online resources to your child.
GoGuardian collects certain personally identifiable information about your child. Each school district retains full ownership of this personally identifiable student information and can delete it at any time. GoGuardian does not rent or sell student's personally identifiable information, or use student's personally identifiable information for marketing or advertising purposes. Additionally, GoGuardian has signed the The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) introduced a Student Privacy Pledge.
What are the school's responsibilities? Our district selected GoGuardian to help students stay safer online and to help our technology administrators better manage our Chromebook devices. We will work with your child to help teach him/her digital responsibility and safety.
What are my child's responsibilities? We ask that your child uses his/her school-issued Chromebook for educational purposes. We have outlined your child's specific responsibilities in our school's Acceptable Use Policy, which he/she, as well as all students, have signed and are expected to abide by.
What are my parental/guardian responsibilities? When your child is off campus, you are responsible for supervising your child's internet access and usage. In some cases, for school-owned or managed devices, we will use GoGuardian products to block certain websites deemed harmful or distracting, (gaming, social media site, Netflix, etc), even when the devices are used outside of school grounds.
We encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child, and reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with him or her. We also ask you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to school officials immediately.