Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Six Ways to Take a Collaborative Approach to School Safety

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Courses, Crisis Response, Programs, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, we hosted our second School Safety Talks webinar on crisis prevention, preparedness, and response with Paul Timm, board-certified Physical Security Professional (PSP®) and Vice President of Physical Security Services at Facility Engineering Associates. During his webinar, “A Collaborative Approach to School Safety,” Paul explained the importance of collaboration among different […]

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Ensuring Safety Takes More than Spending Money on Physical Security

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Courses, Crisis Response, General, Operations, Programs, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Just two weeks after the Parkland school shooting, The New York Times published an article profiling how the threat of school violence, specifically school shootings, has turned school security into a booming business. However, several school security industry members are quoted throughout the article stating there is very little guidance on which technologies and processes […]

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Potential Legislation to Watch: Rosie’s Law

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Courses, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

All too often headline news covers families suing school districts after their children commit suicide to try to cope with bullying. This story from late 2017 highlights a family’s demands for better bullying prevention programs nationwide. Rosalie “Rosie” Avila was 13 years-old this past November when she hanged herself after months of alleged bullying at […]

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Thursday, December 28th, 2017

School and Student Safety in the News

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

We scoured the headlines for topics you would find informative – here’s what we found “How active shooters are changing school security in the US,” CNN: According to a recent Government Accountability Office survey, two-thirds of schools in the U.S. conduct active-shooter exercises and nearly all of them have a plan if a shooter comes […]

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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Are Your Students Doing the “Eraser Challenge?”

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Social Media, Student Well-Being

A game called the “Eraser Challenge” is making its way around schools, and it’s proving to be dangerous. It involves students rubbing an eraser on their hand or arm while completing a mundane task like reciting the A-B-C’s. Sounds innocent enough, right? However, the point of the challenge is to bear the friction until you […]

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Cyberbullying: Is it a technology issue or a behavioral issue?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Well-Being

Cybersecurity expert and advocate Reginald Corbitt recently authored an opinion piece in eSchool News to examine the root cause of cyberbullying. In his article, which you can read in its entirety here, he argues that many parents and educators alike believe curbing cyberbullying is as easy as limiting students’ access to technology. However, Corbitt references […]

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Is Bullying or Getting in School Fights Worth a Felony?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

The Washington Post reported that effective January 1, 2017 the Missouri law, which previously defined harassment in six different ways, will now broadly define harassment as any act that “causes emotional distress.” The law also elevates harassment from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. “Let me be clear, the consequences of poor choices and bad […]

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Friday, October 28th, 2016

New Survey Examines Trends in Biased Language and Bullying

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Courses, Programs, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In collaboration with YouthTruth, the Gay, Lesbian and State Education Network (GLSEN) surveyed more than 1,300 students ages 13 to 18 and more than 1,000 teachers to collect data about instances of biased language and bullying based on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, body size, gender, religion, ability, economic status and gender expression. GLSEN used the results […]

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Thursday, October 6th, 2016

U.S. DOE Launches Stance Against Religious Discrimination

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Discrimination based on religion and ethnicity has seen a dramatic increase, specifically in the last year. According to a recent Huffington Post article, this is due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, as well as the media’s coverage of the election. A report published by the Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative found […]

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Monday, August 29th, 2016

Another Big Month for Mental Health: October

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Internet Safety, Programs, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, our entire October newsletter is dedicated to highlighting issues around bullying. We’ll highlight recent news about bullying prevention, customer best practices, and innovative tactics and useful tips. However, we wanted to give you a preview. A recent article from the San Diego Union Tribune reported that 62 percent […]

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Staying Safe While Playing “Pokémon GO”

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, General, Social Media

People of all ages have been obsessed with Pokémon GO since its U.S. release in early July (Here’s a review of how the app works from School Library Journal). When students and staff go back to school in the coming days or weeks, Pokémon GO may be something that needs to be addressed. Obviously, the […]

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Brace Yourself: Winter Break Is Coming

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Internet Safety, Social Media

The long winter break means students and staff members are left to their own devices – which often translates into more time on social media. Even though school is not in session, students (and staff, too!) should still tweet and post responsibly in social media forums. In the past month, we’ve read a few compelling […]

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Monday, November 30th, 2015

Think Before You Post: Teacher Edition

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Social Media

So often we read articles about how students’ social media posts can have negative consequences. We’ve read about students who lost academic and athletic scholarships due to an inappropriate Facebook post. We’ve heard about students getting suspended – or expelled – for tweeting a “joke” about a school safety matter. However, not much is said […]

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