Digital Seat Media, a Fort Worth-based real-time fan engagement technology startup, has launched its new student-focused mental wellness platform, Digital Student.
Digital Seat is utilized in over 50 NFL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA venues representing more than 1.2 million Digital Seat tags installed. It reaches over 10 million fans per year, the company said.
“The mental health of students is of vital importance, now more than ever,” CEO Cameron Fowler said in a statement. “Over the past several years working in sports, we’ve collaborated closely with high school and college-age students, and it became evident that easier access to mental health resources was a necessity.”
“With the implementation of the Digital Student platform, educational institutions can provide real-time assistance and resources to their students, ensuring their well-being and fostering a supportive environment for learning,” Fowler added. “We are fully committed to making a positive impact on the lives of students across the nation.”
Also offering a central hub to connect school administrators with students
Digital Seat said the aim of the platform is to provide much-needed support and resources to students grappling with mental health challenges, while also offering a central hub for school administrators to directly communicate with their student body.
The Digital Student platform offers real-time suicide prevention chat by linking directly to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, incident reporting, information on depression, addiction, anxiety, and more.
The platform fully compatible with existing software commonly used in educational settings, providing reverse compatibility, Digital Seat said. That feature empowers administrators to consolidate their current software into one easily accessible location for students, teachers, and staff, the company said.
Tutor scheduling, real-time polling, athletic event purchases, and more
Digital Student also facilitates scheduling of tutoring services, participation in real-time polling, and in-platform purchases for items such as yearbooks and tickets for social, athletic, and entertainment events.
Digital Student uses a unique QR code system to seamlessly integrate the platform into student identification items such as lanyards, ID cards, and wristbands.
And because Digital Student QR codes are unique, administrators are able to tailor content and messages down to the individual class or student as needed. Digital Seat said that unlike other software, Digital Student requires no app download or account creation to access it.
That’s done by simply scanning the QR code to gain entry to a comprehensive range of resources and assistance tailored to each student’s mental wellness needs.
Working to offer platform in several Texas school districts this fall
Digital Seat Media said it is working with several prominent Texas public school districts to offer the Digital Student platform to students for the upcoming fall semester. Also, discussions are underway with school districts in California, Nevada, and Missouri.
Digital Student is also actively engaged with several U.S. universities to provide the mental wellness platform to their student bodies.
Many universities are exploring the incorporation of the technology into student housing and dorm rooms, ensuring students have constant access to the support they need, the company said.
It said that by scanning a unique encoded QR code, fans can access the Digital Seat platform, from low bandwidth environments regardless of phone carrier or brand, and without the need to download an app.
Its metal tags are installed on venue seats, armrests, and bleachers, enabling fans to engage in real-time with the event taking place. The company also offers a digital version of its tags designed for on-air broadcast, OTT programming, event credentials, and more.
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