Student Self-Harm Detection

Detect Self-Harm Content in School Google Workspace & Microsoft 365 Apps

Student Self-Harm & Suicide Rates Show A Disturbing Upward Trend

Rates of self-harm and suicide among children and teens are on the rise. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death among adolescents. While students who self-harm don’t always attempt suicide, they are up to 3.5 times more likely to.

The journey to self-harming and suicidal behavior does not happen all at once. Students often leave clues about their thoughts and actions online. Activity that indicates self-harm and thoughts of suicide include internet searches, social media activity. Students also often write about their thoughts and intentions in documents and emails. And they upload images to cloud-based drives, like Google Drive, SharePoint, and OneDrive.

As schools increasingly use Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 for class, students are becoming more accustomed to using them as both school and personal spaces. When self-harm and/or suicidal ideation behavior is taking place on school accounts, districts have a responsibility to act on it. Many put processes in place to alert school counselors and/or building officials to ensure students get the support they need.

Student Self-Harm Monitoring Resources for K-12 Safety Teams

“When I first learned about Cloud Monitor I was skeptical that such an inexpensive solution would be able to secure our Google Workspace data better than Cloudlock. However, after our first week using the solution, I was more than convinced. Cloud Monitor has been one of the best technology decisions I’ve made this year.”

Ed Newman

“The addition of Cloud Monitor to our IT infrastructure allows me and my team to feel confident about protecting our students and staff when using Google Workspace. The dashboard and alerts provide me real-time info so that I can take immediate action to thwart any threats.”

Steve Bartlett

“Cloud Monitor provided us a level of visibility we needed to ensure the security and safety of our students and staff. The solution was quick to deploy and gave us immediate insights.”

Tim Miles

Signals by ManagedMethods

Uses artificial intelligence to monitor district Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 emails, files, shared drives, and chat apps to detect self-harm red flags in text and image content


Today’s digital native students find comfort in online environments and often express themselves more freely than when talking with an adult. They are increasingly using school apps like Google Docs and email to express their feelings, much like a digital diary. Signals help administrators detect when a student is in crisis by monitoring district Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 accounts for distress signals.

  • Deep, 1:1 API integrations monitor district Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 accounts 24/7/365 without the need to collect or store any personalized data
  • Signals bots use artificial intelligence to detect self-harm content and alert school administrators
  • Cloud Monitor takes student data privacy seriously. We are FERPA, COPPA, and CSPC certified by iKeepSafe. We are also members of the A4L Student Data Privacy Consotium and a signatory of the Student Data Privacy Pledge


When it comes to student safety, time is of the essence. Signals send alerts to designated administrators in real-time. Notifications include all the information needed to understand the incident, allowing for quick response to the student in crisis.

  • API integrations and artificial intelligence technology allow Signals to detect self-harm content and alert administrators in real time
  • Confidently delegate alerts to the proper resources using customizable role-based notifications
  • Signals notifications provide administrators with detailed incident information, including the document owner, contributors, text history, sharing history, and more


School officials and parents are raising concerns about cyber safety programs and their impact on student data privacy and surveillance. Student data privacy is central to everything we do. Signals don’t collect or store any student information, nor does it build profiles on student activity.

  • FERPA, COPPA, and CSPC compliant
  • Monitors district-owned Google Workspace and Mircrosoft 365 accounts only
  • Identify when data is being improperly emailed or shared
  • No human “agents” reviewing student activity online

Hillsboro-Deering School District Case Study

“Cloud Monitor provides us with a level of student safety monitoring that you won’t find anywhere else. Unfortunately, there have been a couple of incidents flagged relating to suicidal language and violence issues. Cloud Monitor was able to notify us so our school resources can get the student resources they need to address the problems they’re experiencing.”

Trusted Partners in Student Data Privacy

Cloud Monitor is the leading provider of Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 data security for K-12 school districts and is committed to keeping district and student data private and secure

Ready to Learn More?

With Cloud Monitor, school districts get the most advanced Google Workspace & Microsoft 365 cybersecurity and student safety platform available. Request a demo today to learn more about how Cloud Monitor is helping hundreds of schools keep their data secure and their students safe. Schedule time to speak with a representative directly. We'll take the time to understand your needs, answer your questions, and provide advice on how other IT teams in K-12 are addressing your challenges. What to expect:
  • We'll take time to learn about you and your school district. We'll talk about the cloud applications you're currently using, your content filter, firewall, etc.
  • You will learn why it's important to protect your cloud applications, such as Google Workspace and Microsoft 365, from data loss, account takeovers, phishing and malware, and other risks
  • You will get a customized tour of Cloud Monitor based specifically on your needs (though, we may sneak in an additional feature or two that we think you might find interesting)
  • We will provide insights into how other K-12 IT teams are layering their tech stack for better cloud security and student safety monitoring
  • Finally, you will have to option to start a 30-day free audit of Cloud Monitor. No credit card or obligations required!

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