school safety

5 new developments in physical and network safety

Technology tools are improving the way schools monitor and address both physical and cyber safety

2. Cybersecurity is a growing area of interest for school districts as they try to keep student information safe and protect their networks. To help districts detect threats from within, Impero Software created a new keyword library specific to hacking and cybercrime.

The Hacking and Cybercrime Keyword Library contains lists of key words and phrases that have been linked to cybercrime and security breaches. The new library is part of the company’s flagship product, Impero Education Pro, which provides online monitoring, classroom management and administrative tools for schools.

When a school installs the new Hacking and Cybercrime Keyword Library, designated school personnel are alerted if anyone on the school network searches for those keywords, or types certain URLs or phrases that could indicate they are trying to hack into the school’s network. For example, the software detects if someone tries to access the dark web, searches for programs, tools or how-to tutorials related to hacking, or visits specific web sites or forums known to be associated with cybercrime.

3. Blackboard’s new Blackboard SafetyList is a crisis management response platform that helps school district leaders coordinate the internal teams responsible for preparing for and managing safety and security incidents. Powered by Groupdolists, Blackboard SafetyList turns paper plans into action plans, rapidly mobilizes internal response teams, tracks tasks in real-time, reduces fragmented communications, and records all activity in a real-time audit trail, all to assist school districts with their efforts to ensure that school responders are tightly coordinated, in-sync and accountable.

The tool includes a library of more than 45 pre-built crisis response checklists to help coordinate team efforts in an emergency. It also provides a tap to join conference bridge for keeping open lines of communication across an entire campus crisis response team, as well as incident logging for simple, accurate post-incident analysis.

4. Bark, the award-winning service that helps keep children safe online and in real life, is proud to announce its all-new Family Alerts Dashboard. Schools using Bark will now have the option of enlisting the support of parents and guardians to monitor school-issued accounts.

Through the Family Alert Dashboard, schools can now choose to alert parents and guardians any time Bark detects concerning activity on their child’s school email or device. Bark uses advanced machine learning to identify issues, then notifies parents and school administrators of potential threats like cyberbullying, internet predators, depression, suicidal thoughts, and sexting.

5. School safety platform reThinkIt! is launching nationwide through its partnership with Sunburst Digital. OneSeventeen Media’s reThinkIt! solution leverages machine learning and trauma-informed, restorative, and social emotional principles to revolutionize classroom behavior management.

Backed by seven years of evidence-based research, reThinkIt! has a positive impact on schools, including a statistically significant reduction in students’ emotional distress. It provides in-depth, actionable information that enables schools to deescalate damaging behaviors. reThinkit! helped one Texas school avert a potential shooting through real-time insights about a troubled student–a nod to research demonstrating students shared five times more through the application than face-to-face with adults.

Laura Ascione

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