Derby considers monitoring software for district-issued Chromebooks

The Derby School District may soon be able to monitor technology used by middle school students.

The Board of Education will vote Monday night on whether to incorporate a content-filtering service on Chromebooks, which are loaned to students throughout the school year.

The new software is a free service that specifically targets social media and communication sites.

It notifies the district staff when anything is posted or viewed regarding self-harm or bullying.

Superintendent Heather Bohaty recently proposed updating the district's policy so they're able to monitor district-issued devices.

The Derby Schools Director of Technology introduced this program during a board meeting last month.

The software is called "Securly" and it works both on the district's network and at home.

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The district says the program supports their efforts toward suicide prevention. Parents can also access a portal to view their child's Chromebook usage.

This service would be available for middle school Chromebooks this year, and high school students next year.

The board is expected to take action on the issue during its meeting Monday night at 6:30 p.m.