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Student Safety
Keeping Texas Students Safe

In today’s society, it’s imperative that student safety concerns be addressed not just in the physical sense, but also in the digital world. In 2017, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 179, putting David’s Law into effect in Texas. This law helps prevent cyberbullying in the state, helping to provide a safe, supportive school climate...

01/25/2019

Student Safety
Lincoln, Nebraska School Safety Initiative: See How One Community Works Together to Ensure Student and School Safety

Even the most conscientious school officials aren’t always aware of the numerous messages related to self-harm, suicide, substance abuse, and cyberbullying in schools. A recent article in the Omaha World Herald highlights efforts in Nebraska to curb the rise of this disturbing content. Schuyler Community Schools in Schuyler, NE are taking a deeper look into...

01/16/2019

Student Safety
Students Experiencing Distress Need Early Intervention: Secret Service Report on Reducing School Violence

Are there steps schools can take to intervene and help prevent violence? The answer to this question is yes. As recently as early December 2018, a school shooter was blocked at an Indiana school thanks to a tip made to local police. As noted in this article from EdWeek, “effective prevention efforts and cooperation between schools and...

01/08/2019

Student Safety
Signs and Signals of Violence: Secret Service Report Indicators Defined

Research conducted by the US Secret Service showed a strong correlation between school shootings and previous incidents of bullying and suicidal tendencies. Bullying, and even extreme bullying, was cited by the report as one of the most prevalent causes for violence at 71%. Potential suicidal tendencies are an indicator of possible violence, with 78% of shooters...

01/07/2019

Student Safety
Holiday Blues: The Effect Depression Has on Students During Winter Break

While the holidays are typically described as a time of joy, not all of our students are necessarily sharing in the spirit of the season. The National Association on Mental Illness reports that half of all chronic mental illness begins by 14 years of age, and between Thanksgiving and the New Year, busy schedules and...

12/19/2018

Student Safety
Former Wrestling Pro Gives Hope to K-12 Audiences

One of our sales representatives, Alex Danko, learned about a dynamic school assembly speaker who focuses on bullying, suicide, and making good life choices. Marc Mero, a former WWE Wrestling Champion, provides an energetic, positive, and meaningful presentation that might be just what your school needs. To learn more, visit www.thinkpoz.org.

11/15/2018

Student Safety
4 Ways Parents Can Keep Kids Safe on Social Media

With the 2018-19 school year underway, children K-12 will be increasing the time spent on both school-provided technology and personal devices. Many parents find it difficult to keep up with the latest in social media, websites, and apps. Since these tools are constantly changing, they can pose a threat to the safety of children in...

09/21/2018

Social Media
Sextortion? It’s Real!

Have you heard about Sextortion?  It’s a real thing. We love this Thorn Video.  It really speaks to kids!  

08/14/2018