Survey: Student Online Safety a Growing Concern for School Administrators

4/29/2016 8:12:00 PM

Gaggle and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) today announced the results of a survey that reveal school officials are paying more attention to the safety of their students when using educational technology. 

The survey results are detailed in a new infographic, “Prioritizing Student Online Safety,” which was released through AFSA today. Among the survey highlights:

  • While 95% of schools have an Internet safety policy, only about half of those surveyed (56%) said they have Internet safety strategies built into their curricula.

  • Just 59% of schools devote teacher professional development resources to Internet safety, while 82% of those surveyed would be interested in such a program.

  • 66% of survey respondents either use or plan to use Google Apps for Education™ or Office 365™ with their students.

Survey respondents included building principals (35%), technology directors (28%), superintendents (7%), school resource/safety officers (4%) and other AFSA members. 

Gaggle Safety Management combines technology, including an Anti-Pornography Scanner and customizable Blocked Words List, with Student Safety Representatives who review content in Google Apps for Education™ or Office 365™ to assure students are safe. 

To help administrators address the issues around student online safety, Gaggle is holding a series of Student Online Safety Symposiums. Symposium attendees engage in strategic and tactical discussions, learn more about keeping students safe, and enjoy networking opportunities with their peers.

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