Corporate social responsibility: GFT in the community


GFT works with local middle school to support safe practices when using electronic communications.

Alan Morley, Regulatory Compliance and Surveillance Practice Lead for GFT USA, recently visited St. John’s Academy, a Catholic school in Hillsdale New Jersey, to talk to 7th and 8th Grade students about best, safe practices when using electronic communications such as text, emails, Instagram and FaceBook.

Alan Morley with Assistant Principal Sharon Gallagher (far left), Eugenia Absalom, 8th Grade teacher (second left), and Principal Elizabeth Viola (third from left)
Alan Morley with Assistant Principal Sharon Gallagher (far left), Eugenia Absalom, 8th Grade teacher (second left), and Principal Elizabeth Viola (third from left)

His presentation got the students directly involved through role play, humor and a matter-of-fact explanation of the law once the students reach the age of 13. In particular, the mechanics of how records of conversations are kept for long periods of time were brought to the students’ attention. Some students were asked to be cell towers, servers and devices, all representing a copy of the message in one form or another.

“This was a fun way to get the students up, involved and paying attention, and helped to make the ideas easier to understand,” noted Alan Morley. “I tried to drive the point home that messages and photographs, even those that are confirmed as deleted, don’t disappear; the data still exists. I think that realization played heavy on their minds.”

This event is part of both Alan and GFT’s desire to participate in community affairs, and the sharing of best and safe practices for all.

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