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How Students Bypass School Web Filters & How to Stop Them

Nina W. Nina W. May 02, 2019

From looking to watch their favorite music videos on YouTube, to streaming the latest episode of their favorite Netflix series, or attempting to play Fortnite during research periods, there are dozens of reasons students look to bypass web filters in school. And with that growing number of reasons, comes a growing number of means and methods students rely on to accomplish this goal. So what can you do as teachers to prevent this and to maintain a safe and focused learning environment in a digital world?

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Posted in Safety, Technology, "Web filtering, Filtering, classroom management, edtech, Internet Safety For Kids, Internet Safety, Child Safety and Protections Month, Digital Citizenship, 2019

Beacon Wins Coveted International Design Award

GoGuardian Newsroom GoGuardian Newsroom April 30, 2019

We’re thrilled to share that last week the International Design Awards (IDA) named GoGuardian Beacon in their list of Annual Design Award winners for 2018. The 12th annual awards celebrate and promote visionary design around the world, and named Beacon as a Silver Award Winner in the product design category, recognizing new, innovative and ground-breaking products.

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Posted in Safety, Suicide Prevention, edtech, Internet Safety For Kids, Internet Safety, Child Safety and Protections Month, Digital Citizenship

Beacon, A Year In The Making - A Letter From Our Chief Product Officer

Tyler Shaddix Tyler Shaddix February 25, 2019

Hello all:

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Posted in Suicide Prevention, edtech, Internet Safety For Kids, Internet Safety, Child Safety and Protections Month, 2019

Real or Fake News?

Marielle Gilbert Marielle Gilbert November 19, 2018

Fact Fake 1200 x 627px@2x-100 copyHelping students discern fact from fiction has never been more challenging. Here are four tactics to help.

The rise of digital journalism has made information more accessible, but also presented unique challenges. Research is no longer limited to the library; today, kids go online to scour the entirety of the internet. While students now have instant access to learning sources like Encyclopedia Britannica or The New York Times, they also have access to every online hoax, doctored image or conspiracy theory at their fingertips.

Meanwhile, “fake news” stories are being shared at an alarming rate, especially on social media: over half of Americans claim to regularly see fake news on sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Suffice to say, it’s never been more important to model media literacy to students and impart fact-checking skills. By helping children distinguish between what’s real and what’s fake news, parents and teachers can teach kids how to think for themselves, as well as gain a clearer understanding of the world.

Here are some helpful ways to teach kids about real or fake news sources, and give them the tools they need to decipher between the two.

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Posted in Technology, Child Safety and Protections Month, Digital Citizenship, Fake News, Media Literacy, Journalism

How to Keep Kids Safe on their Devices at Home

Alex Wagner Alex Wagner November 14, 2018

Artboard 1@2x-100November is a time for festivity, seasonal treats, and family togetherness. November is also Child Safety and Protections Month: a critical time to reflect on children’s safety in and out of the classroom. This month, along with recipes and holiday shopping, school communities will meditate on topics that relate to children’s welfare, including their safety online.

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Posted in Technology, Filtering, Internet Safety For Kids, Google Suite for Education, Child Safety and Protections Month

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