Technology and its Impact on School Safety in 2023
Technology and its Impact on School Safety in 2023
By DOF
July 19, 2023

Technology and its Impact on School Safety in 2023

In today’s world, where technology and innovation influence almost every aspect of our lives, it is no surprise that it is drastically reshaping the face of education, including the aspect of school safety. Modern technologies are creating a safer environment for students, teachers, and staff, and are helping in monitoring, prevention, and crisis response.

DOF aims to explore several ways that technology is currently impacting school safety in 2023. We’ll dive into the topic by addressing several areas, including digital identity verification, artificial intelligence, biometric technology, and crisis management apps.

 

Digital Identity Verification

Digital identity verification is a method of confirming the identity of individuals in a digital context, and it is quickly becoming an indispensable tool for enhancing school safety. Schools are increasingly adopting digital ID systems, where each student and staff member is provided a unique digital ID to access school premises, classrooms, libraries, and other facilities.

This system offers a two-pronged benefit. First, it ensures that only authorized individuals are granted access to school property. Second, the system can monitor attendance and keep track of who is on the premises at any given time, making it easier to account for everyone in case of an emergency.

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI’s potential in enhancing school safety is enormous and multifaceted. AI-powered surveillance systems equipped with facial recognition can detect any unauthorized person trying to gain access to the school and immediately alert the security team.

AI technology is also instrumental in monitoring online activities and preventing cyberbullying. AI algorithms can scan and analyze online interactions among students to flag any potential harmful content, such as threats, offensive language, or signs of bullying or harassment. Early detection of such content can lead to prompt action, significantly reducing the harm caused by such activities.

When applied to surveillance footage, schools can identify illegal activities, weapons being brought on campus, or unauthorized personnel attempting to gain access to school grounds. The combination of AI and facial recognition can be especially pivotal in protecting students from people who have been a danger to them outside of school (ie sex offenders).

Additionally, biometric systems (such as fingerprint IDs) offer a higher level of security than traditional passcodes or ID cards. They rely on unique biological characteristics that are hard to forge or steal. These systems are used to control access to the school building, computer systems, and even specific areas within the school, such as labs or staff rooms to limit physical security vulnerabilities

 

School Bus Tracking Systems

With the advancement of GPS technology, parents and schools can now easily track school buses’ real-time location. These systems are designed to ensure students’ safety during their commute by allowing parents and school administrators to monitor the bus’s route, speed, and arrival times.

In addition, modern school bus tracking systems are often combined with digital identity verification. When a student boards or leaves the bus, their digital ID is registered, providing an accurate record of their journey.

 

Crisis Management Apps

In response to an increasing need for better crisis communication, several crisis management apps have been developed and are now being adopted by schools worldwide. These apps provide a quick and effective way for schools to communicate with parents and first responders during emergencies.

In case of a crisis, school administrators can send out real-time updates about the situation, instructions for parents, and pickup information. Some advanced apps even have features for roll-calls and instant alerts, ensuring that every student is accounted for. DOF partners like Bloomz have created multilingual communications tools to enhance teacher-parents engagement. These tools also provide for emergency responsiveness and alerting through 1-touch and automated alert functions, scripts, and crisis templates.

 

Social Media Monitoring

In this digital age, social media monitoring plays an essential role in maintaining school safety. Many potential threats or incidents, such as bullying or planned violent activities, are often discussed or hinted at on social media platforms.

Using AI and machine learning algorithms, schools can monitor these platforms for any concerning keywords or threats associated with the school or its students. This proactive approach allows school administration to identify and address potential issues before they escalate.

 

Our Thoughts

As we continue to innovate and evolve in 2023, the safety and security of our educational institutions remain a top priority. The advent of advanced technologies like digital identity verification, AI, biometrics, and others are empowering schools with better tools to ensure a safer environment.

While no system is completely foolproof, these technologies represent significant strides towards making schools safer. They offer more efficient ways to monitor and manage school safety, enabling swift responses to any threats or crises.

However, it’s essential to remember that technology is just one part of a comprehensive school safety plan. Regular safety drills, mental health support, positive school climate initiatives, and open communication between school, students, and parents are all equally important in ensuring the holistic safety and wellbeing of students.

School safety is a collective responsibility. And as we move further into the 21st century, it’s reassuring to see technology playing a constructive role in helping us fulfill this responsibility. For more information, contact one of our solutions architects at Solutions@dofcreations.com.