Are Security Measures Scaring Or Preparing Kids And Adults For A School Shooting?

ONE school shooting is too many!  What are schools across the country doing to improve school safety?  How are children handling school preparedness?  Do students feel safe in school?

In response to recent school shootings, school security measures may actually be doing more to scare kids than protect them. It’s worth examining the notion that in our attempt to prepare and secure our schools, we might be overlooking some basic steps schools can take to improve safety that don’t terrify kids.

Security suggestions should include:

  1. Police and other first responders take regular tours of school grounds so that they become familiar with building layouts.
  2. Use apps available to alert teachers and school leadership about potential threats.
  3. While protecting students’ rights, set up a collaborative environment where parents, staff and kids are free to report any troubling behavior or potential incidents.
  4. Fund more qualified counselors and social workers to help with student mental health issues.
  5. Train staff in threat assessment management.
  6. Invite experts to evaluate the safety of school buildings themselves. Take into consideration entrances and exits, fenced areas, secured doors, fire code rules, cameras, how visitors gain access (ID, sign in, etc.) and mandatory school safety training for all staff.
  7. Emergency procedures must be clear and simple, rehearsed and practiced.

Rather than live in fear and create anxiety for kids, be prepared, be ready!

Get Involved ~ Keep Kids Safe On YouTube!

Are you involved with keeping kids safe online, especially when it comes to YouTube?

If so, what tips could you offer other parents about keeping kids safe on YouTube?

What are some safety factors that parents tend to overlook but that are of vital importance to know about YouTube?

When using YouTube ask yourself the following:

Do you know how to set up a family account on YouTube?

Do you know how to turn on Safety Mode on YouTube?

Do you know how to create playlists on YouTube?

Do you monitor your child as needed on YouTube?

Do you know how to post in private on YouTube?

Do you know at what age kids are supposed to be able to start their own YouTube channel?