New software to help Greater Clark County Schools detect threats
The programs search student email and social media for threatening keywords.
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- We've seen it play out time and time again at schools.
Threats to your kids, while they're trying to learn in the classroom, are almost common these days.
"It's a growing issue," said Brett Clark, Greater Clark County Community Schools Director of Technology.
Just last September, three different schools in southern Indiana received direct threats in the same week. When it happens, some parents keep their kids home, worried to risk it.
"It's a tough call," Clark said. "I sympathize with our parents, as a parent of three boys myself."
The administration at Greater Clark Schools gets it. There's a team constantly scouring the internet looking for threatening material, but even they are getting overwhelmed.
"It's been growing more and more difficult," Clark said.
That's why, pending board approval, the district will begin using new software called "Safe Mail" and "Social K12."
"It's going to allow us, as a staff, to be more proactive in dealing with these threats," he said.
The programs search student email with Greater Clark addresses and social media for threatening keywords on a global level. The second something is detected, "that would go to us at the district office as well as the school administration building," Clark said.
Proper action can be taken right away. It can also pick up on inappropriate pictures and conversations.
Clark expects the new programs to be approved Tuesday night at the school district's board meeting.
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