Students to gain limited access to YouTube
CASTLE ROCK – The Douglas County School District is always working to balance providing opportunity for students to use powerful educational technology resources, while moderating their online experience to ensure that they only have access to appropriate materials. Recent changes by Google will now allow DCSD to provide a filtered and managed YouTube experience for students.
Through YouTube’s Restricted Mode, students will have access to a wealth of educational content on our District network, while filtering out content that may be deemed objectionable.
In addition to Google’s system, which will automatically block questionable content, District staff and students can flag content they deem as inappropriate. Also, when teachers or students encounter a blocked video that provides relevant educational content to the classroom, the teacher may request the video to be approved for student viewing.
Safety, including online safety, is the number one priority of the Douglas County School District. This is why DCSD places an emphasis on digital citizenship with our students. We expect them to appropriately use this resource just as they do with any other technology resource we provide.
DCSD will continue to monitor the use of YouTube within our District to ensure it aligns with empowering District students and staff while also protecting our students.