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Canal Winchester Partners with Gaggle for Student Safety and Wellness in Digital Spaces

In an effort to support student safety, mental health, and wellness, Canal Winchester Schools has partnered with Gaggle, the leading provider in K-12 student safety management on district-provided devices and platforms.
"We know that families trust us to keep their students safe and we take that responsibility seriously,” said Canal Winchester Schools Superintendent Kiya Hunt. “Gaggle will add an additional safety net to what we do to keep our students, staff, and schools safe and welcoming for our entire school community.”
Gaggle monitors activity when students are signed into their district-provided Google for Education account or using the Chromebooks distributed through our one-to-one technology program. Using a combination of artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, Gaggle reviews students’ use of online tools within Google Workspace for Education and provides real-time analysis of potentially concerning behavior or content. Gaggle’s technology scans students’ accounts for harmful content and 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.  
When school officials are notified, they will be able to work with the student and their families to ensure the student’s well-being and connect them with resources and support.
“Technology and the extraordinary amount of information, virtual experiences, and perspectives available online can do so much to enhance the richness of the educational experiences we offer students at Canal Winchester Schools,” said Mrs. Amy Warren, Canal Winchester High School Principal. “But it can also bring new challenges and worries to our worlds. With a tool like Gaggle looking out for our students, we are taking proactive steps to help our children use district technology responsibly and safely.”
Gaggle will be implemented later this month for all students at Canal Winchester High School and Canal Winchester Middle School. Gaggle identifies inappropriate words and images in Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and more on the technology used by students. Gaggle is only in effect when students are using their school Chromebooks or logged into their school Google account. To learn more about Gaggle, please visit http://www.gaggle.net.

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