A company that makes internet filters and Chromebook management software for schools is launching a product today that detects when K12 students are at risk of suicide or self harm. GoGuardian serves about 4,000 school districts in the US, totaling about 5.3 million students, and is meant to act as "an early-warning system to help schools proactively identify at-risk students to quickly get them the assistance they need."
The product, called Beacon, is a system that's built into school-provided computers and uses AI to understand students' browsing behavior. When it detects something is amiss, Beacon will alert a school counselor or psychologist, informing them that a user has been flagged. When the counselor opens the alert in Beacon's administrator dashboard, they'll see the student's identity and behavior that triggered the alert.