Securly was the first web filter in education to provide 24/7 monitoring of all students to assess their wellness and mental health levels. Securly’s Filter and Auditor products allow the school district to monitor what kids are searching for on Google, saying to each other on Facebook, Twitter or email, watching on YouTube, browsing on the web or sharing via docs and drive. Filter and Auditor not only monitor and log activity, but also use sentiment analysis AI algorithms to scan and flag messages for signs of self-harm, bullying, violence, and suicidal thoughts. Once flagged, trained student safety analysts from the “24” operations team review and assess the messages for imminent danger of student distress. Alerts flagged by analysts as moderate to high risk are alerted to school districts with an email notification. When an alert is identified as extreme-risk, Securly’s analysts call and text designated contacts from the district to alert them of the situation - enabling districts to intervene in real-time and in many cases, save a student’s life.
By the end of last year, Securly also enhanced its artificial intelligence algorithms with a proprietary At-Risk™ student wellness-scoring system. At-Risk Student Wellness Scores supplements Securly’s offerings by providing a holistic view of each student’s online activity by analyzing students’ web searches, website URLs browsed, emails, social media posts, YouTube videos and searches, and more. From there, the algorithm compiles a comprehensive score for each student, across all these channels and over many weeks and months, giving a picture of their overall online wellness. The feature’s algorithm operates at a speed that far surpasses human analysis, enabling Securly to pinpoint a single student out of thousands that needs immediate intervention and help, and alert schools and staff right away.
Key Student Safety Milestone - 1000 Lives Saved
Since it was announced back in September 2017, Securly’s 24 service has now been deployed in hundreds of school districts across the country and has scanned over 150,000 flagged messages last year itself.
7 p.m. PT April 30th 2020:
- “How to kill yourself because your parnets hate you?”
- “My family is a mess and I want to kill myself”
With the above activity alerts, Securly’s 24 service saved its 1000th life - reaching a key milestone for cumulative total lives saved of students that were in the process of actively committing or planning a suicide.
“I am personally very proud of this milestone as it represents a thousand lives that we were able to make a meaningful dent in - these are thousand students that are alive today because of us”, said Kathy Boehl, Director of Securly’s 24x7 student-safety operation.