NSSD Technology Update

September 2019

Student Safety & Monitoring

Keeping students safe while utilizing the school-issued Google suite of products is of paramount importance to the North Santiam School District. For the past two years, parents have expressed concerns regarding monitoring their children's online activities both at home and school. To respond, we would like to make you aware of a recent step our District has taken to monitor school-issued accounts and would like to invite you to partner with us. Bark for Schools is a powerful new monitoring service we are utilizing to help us better protect students both at school and at home. This is a highly secure product and is compliant with all related laws and regulations.


When schools give students access to laptops and email accounts, an incredible world of learning opportunities opens up — as well as potential dangers. Bark helps us monitor all of the content our students are creating, sharing, and sending through school-issued accounts (not other devices connected to our wifi) and the sites they are accessing. All building principals have a dashboard to monitor flagged material and receive alerts issues identified as severe. This helps us to detect potentially dangerous situations that students may be facing both in and out of school, including cyberbullying, threats of violence, predatory advances, sexual content, and suicidal ideation.


In the coming days, you will receive an invitation to create a free account for the Bark for Schools Family Alerts Dashboard. If you choose to opt-in, you'll receive alerts if issues are detected on your child's account after school hours and during weekends, breaks, and holidays. Bark provides all of the above for free as part of their give-back program and is available to all K-12 schools and districts in the U.S. You can also enable Bark’s products for families, which monitor texts, email, YouTube and more than 24 social media platforms for potential safety concerns on your student’s personal accounts. In 2018, Bark detected 1.2 million instances of cyberbullying, 140,000+ communications discussing self-harm or suicidal ideation, nearly 100 student conversations with sexual predators, and 51 potential acts of violence in schools.

NSSD Mobile App "ALL IN ONE SPOT"

The NSSD Mobile App allows parents and students to be connected with their school. Parents reported last Spring the NSSD App was the number one way they wanted to receive information from the school. This powerful App brings all communications into one spot for parents. No need to visit facebook, twitter, website and/or grade portal, the App brings all this information to one spot for parents and students.

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