How Technology Monitoring Keeps Kids Safe

Here’s how your district can protect student online activities and ensure laptops, tablets and smartphones are used appropriately.

Many school districts now provide their students with laptops, tablets and other devices that can be connected to the Internet, both at school and at home. Additionally, students are connecting to school wifi networks with their own devices, such as their mobile phones.

Doing so can help children learn more effectively and take advantage of all the perks provided by 21st century technology. The challenge with the use of all of these devices, however, is safety and security.

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Cyber bullying and sexting by students are two downsides, as is the potential for sexual predators to communicate directly with children and teens.

Fortunately, there are ways that schools and school districts can monitor students’ use of technology and social media so that they are protected. Monitoring solutions can event detect when a student is contemplating suicide or some other form of self harm, enabling school personnel to intervene quickly and save a child’s life.

In this video, Jeff Patterson, who is founder and CEO of Gaggle, a technology monitoring solutions provider, describes how tech monitoring services can assist school districts in protecting children.

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About the Author

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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