Key overall findings from the survey related to content moderation include:
- The internet is a useful learning tool: 93% of parents and 98% of teachers and administrators agree the internet is a useful learning tool that schools should use as part of their learning process.
- Harmful or explicit content is a concern: 74% of K-8 and 68% of 9-12 parents are concerned about students accessing explicit or harmful content while using a school-issued device. This increases to more than 80% for teachers and administrators.
- Content moderation is necessary and is the school’s responsibility: More than 91% of respondents believe it is necessary to have online educational technologies in place to prevent students from accessing harmful or explicit content. Of those that believe it is necessary, over 95% reported it is a school’s responsibility to put these tools in place.
- Keeping students on task is important, too: Over 88% of those surveyed also believe it is necessary to have online educational technologies in place to keep students on task and away from digital distractions. This is especially critical as educators address pandemic-related unfinished learning.
“These findings validate on a broad, national scale what we’ve long heard directly from our customers: parents and educators believe in the value of learning with the internet, and they trust schools to make the right decisions to keep students safe online,” said Patricia Bothwell, Vice President and General Manager for Safety & Productivity at GoGuardian. “With almost 9 out of 10 students in the U.S. now using a device as part of their daily instruction, it’s more important than ever to provide schools with thoughtful and comprehensive approaches to student safety, privacy, and security.”
With nearly all respondents agreeing it is a school’s responsibility to put educational technologies in place to prevent students from accessing harmful or explicit content, there was also consensus around trust in school systems. More than 83% of those polled indicated they trust their school system to make informed decisions about which online technologies are appropriate for school use. Ensuring student data is not shared or sold was a key priority for survey respondents when measuring comfortability with online educational technologies.
Additional details and visual representations of key survey findings from Morning Consult can be found here.
This press release originally appeared online.
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