Klein ISD Partnering with Families to Monitor District-issued Student Accounts
Keeping students safe on district-issued accounts and devices continues to be of paramount importance to Klein ISD. We heard from our families in the recent back-to-school annual Family Survey that our families would like to be able to see what is happening on their children’s district-issued Google Drive and Gmail accounts. In response to that request, Klein ISD is providing Bark for Schools.
Bark for Schools
Bark for Schools is a powerful monitoring service designed to protect the whole student, both at school and at home. Bark’s technology is proven. In schools across the nation, Bark for Schools 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 2018.
Klein ISD is providing Bark for Schools so that families can monitor activity on district-issued Google Drive and Gmail accounts. Bark for Schools complements the strong existing tools the District already and always has in place to protect students online, such as our Lightspeed internet filter and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) decryption.
“As a parent, I know how important it is to our families to keep our children safe in today’s digital world,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “Bark for Schools allows the district and families to further strengthen our partnership in keeping our Klein students safe online.”
What does Bark for Schools do?
Klein ISD is proud to provide our students with access to technology that equips them with increased opportunities to bring learning to life and helps to ensure college and career readiness in a digital world and workforce.
Bark for Schools allows us to partner with parents in monitoring at home all of the content students are creating, sharing, and sending through district-issued Google Drive and Gmail accounts. In addition to our district’s Lightspeed internet filter, Secure socket layer (SSL) decryption, and other monitoring and security features, Bark for Schools helps further detect potentially dangerous situations that students may be facing both in and out of school.
Can I monitor my child’s Klein Google Drive and Gmail accounts with Bark for Schools?
As part of the FREE Bark for Schools program, families are able to monitor their student’s school Google Drive and Gmail accounts at home alongside the district. Bark for Schools monitors Google Drive and Gmail accounts for ALL Klein ISD students regardless of if they have a take-home device or not.
Families will receive an invitation to create an account for the Bark for Schools Family Alerts Dashboard via email on October 10. If a family accepts the invitation, the family will receive alerts if potential issues are detected in their child(ren)’s Klein ISD Google Drive or Gmail account.
Do school administrators receive the same alerts as families?
Yes. Bark for Schools uses industry-leading, machine-learning algorithms to continually monitor students’ Gmail messages and Google Drive documents. When potential problems are detected, Bark for Schools notifies district administration. If families accept the Bark for Schools invitation, families can now also be notified via email and/or phone calls, so that the district and families can work together to keep children in the Klein Family safe online.
Is Bark for Schools safe and secure?
Yes. Security is one of Bark’s highest priorities. All data analyzed by Bark is stored within an encrypted database, including backups, and subsequently purged after analysis. All server infrastructure is in highly secure physical data centers. All web browser sessions use and require SSL encryption. No data is ever sold or given to any third party.
How much does Bark for Schools cost Klein ISD?
Bark for Schools provides all of their monitoring for FREE as part of their give-back program and is available to all K-12 schools and districts in the U.S.
Who can I contact for help installing the Bark App or the Bark for Schools Family Alerts Dashboard?
There is an entire team behind the scenes at Bark to help you. Please email Help@Bark.us for assistance with Bark for Schools.
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