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Why Not All Filtering Solutions Are Created Equal

Marielle Gilbert Marielle Gilbert March 14, 2018

 

The mission to bring digital learning into our classrooms has been decades in the making. Back in 1996, President Clinton led 20,000 volunteers in an effort to connect California public schools to the “brave new world of mouse clicking and web surfing. Oh, how far we’ve come. According to Futuresource Consulting, nearly half of K-12 students now have access to 1:1 computing.

Today, more and more school districts are closing the “connectivity gap,” providing students with unprecedented access to technology and new ways of learning. With more freedom comes more responsibility. In an era where educators and administrators are tasked with building safe and effective digital learning environments, online filtering tools are a must.

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To Block or Not to Block: The State of Chromebook Filtering in Schools

Marielle Gilbert Marielle Gilbert February 27, 2018

  

They say good things come in threes: the “rule of three” is invoked across mediums, from folk tales to blockbuster trilogies. The principle of omne trium perfectum, that suggests information presented in a triad is inherently more perfect or effective, still holds water today. At GoGuardian, we approached our three-part Benchmark Report with this in mind.

In Parts I and II of GoGuardian's 2018 Benchmark Report, we learned what websites students are engaging with most, and how students are using their devices at home compared to at school. In Part III of the Benchmark Report, we examined the aggregate device usage of 5 million students and took take a deep dive into trends in school filtering.

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4 Ways to Protect Kids from Cyberbullying

Marielle Gilbert Marielle Gilbert October 02, 2017

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The beginning of October marks the start of Cyberbullying and Mental Health Awareness month.  At this time, teachers, administrators and school systems are taking time to reflect on the epidemic of cyberbullying, and rethink ways to combat it. Educator Todd Whitaker once said, “The culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate.” In any organization, including schools, behavior is clearly shaped by culture. Here are a few ways we can all come together to create more inclusive cultures in our classrooms, and better ensure the wellbeing of our students.

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GoGuardian & Denton ISD: Opening Doors While Keeping Kids Safe

Marielle Gilbert Marielle Gilbert September 15, 2017

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Dr. Jamie Wilson is the Superintendent of Schools for Denton Independent School District. He’s also had a 24-year career working in public education advocacy, growth management and instructional innovation. We were fortunate enough to sit down with Dr. Wilson to talk with him a little about technology in education, and how GoGuardian has made an impact in his school district.
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What "13 Reasons Why" Means for America’s Classrooms

Alex Wagner Alex Wagner June 19, 2017

 

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24/7, at 1-800-273-8255. Your call is confidential and free.

In the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why, a troubled 17-year-old commits suicide and leaves behind 13 audio tapes calling out the people and incidents she deems responsible. The Selena Gomez- produced series, based on the popular Jay Asher novel, has garnered a mixed response. While some applaud the show for tackling the issue of teen suicide, it’s also attracted criticism for glamorizing self-harm, and presenting suicide as a kind of revenge-fantasy solution to bullying and depression.  Many experts say that the show’s portrayal of suicide is flawed, and could influence vulnerable teens “with any degree of suicidal ideation” to commit acts of self-harm.

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