Gaggle announced today that it will integrate its safety solution, under the name Gaggle Safety Management for Teams, with Microsoft Teams, providing support for schools and districts by monitoring student communications for signs of crises.
Gaggle Safety Management for Teams uses a combination of machine learning and human safety experts to review students’ communications and use of online tools. The solution alerts school officials when students show signs of self-harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, cyberbullying, unhealthy relationships, and credible threats of violence against others.
“Using Gaggle Safety Management for Teams will help schools prevent bullying, suicides, and school violence among their students as well as identify students who are depressed or engaging in self-harm,” said Gaggle CEO Jeff Patterson. “We analyze and review the use of collaboration platforms and tools, such as Microsoft Teams, for 4.5 million students across the United States.”
Steven Abrahams, PM, Partnerships for Microsoft Teams, said, “This integration brings together the security and privacy of Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams with the near real-time monitoring of Gaggle Safety Management to help provide a safe workspace for students and teachers. During this time of increased distance learning, Gaggle Safety Management for Teams will help schools provide a safety net for students in this new environment.”
Patterson continued, “There are no false positives; only actionable safety items are forwarded to emergency contacts. And in the case of life-threatening situations, immediate phone calls will be made to ensure that students are protected.”
For more information or to sign up for Gaggle Safety Management for Teams, interested districts and schools can visit https://news.gaggle.net/microsoft-teams-integration.