BLOOMINGTON, Ill., March 6, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- K-12 leaders will be surprised to learn how many of their students, including those in elementary school, are acting in ways that pose an immediate threat to themselves or others. According to Gaggle's new national student safety report, "The State of Student Safety Through a Gaggle Lens," evidence of an alarming number of harmful behaviors is left in students' online activity. The report shows the frequency of these behaviors and highlights some of the key trends, so K-12 leaders can be aware of the threats and take steps to address them.
"Teachers and administrators might not see warning signs during physical interactions with students, but for every 10,000 students in a six-month period, a district can expect Gaggle to identify 49 students indicating suicide or self-harm and 29 students planning violence against others," said Gaggle CEO, Jeff Patterson.
During the first six months of the 2018–2019 academic year alone:
- Five out of every 10,000 students threatened that they — or someone they knew — were planning a suicidal act or were engaging in self harm.
- Four out of every 10,000 students shared child pornographic content on their school account involving themselves or peers.
- One out of every 10,000 students planned a specific threat of violence toward others or their school.
These figures come from Gaggle's student safety management solution, which uses a combination of machine learning algorithms and human safety experts to review students' use of online tools. The solution analyzes and reviews the use of online tools within Google's G Suite, Microsoft Office 365, and the Canvas learning management system for nearly five million students across the United States. The solution alerts school officials when students show signs of self harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, cyberbullying, and credible threats of violence against other students.