Effective prevention, response, and recovery systems for our families
What should a parent look for related to school safety at their child’s school? Security and emergency preparedness measures should be balanced with strong violence prevention and intervention programs. Student involvement in school safety planning, well-disciplined and positive school climate, and practice responses, are genuine elements of a comprehensive safe schools approach that play critical roles in making schools safe.
It is imperative for school administrators to prioritize student engagement in the planning process for safety preparedness; not solely in the activities of the drills. Pre-pandemic, students were universally present at school safety incidents. They will naturally look to the Principal and School Resource Officers. There are even Teachers, Counselors, and Staff whom they trust to lead in response. However, they are impacted by and should be part of the planning for emergency response.
2021 "Virtual School" Cybersecurity Campaign
Are you practicing good cyber hygiene?
Creating strong passwords, recognizing phishing attempts, and implementing other helpful ‘cyber hygiene’ measures are the first lines of defense in protecting schools and students online. As part of the 2021 "Virtual School" Cybersecurity Campaign, the School Safety program has outlined key behaviors below that will help you and your students practice good cyber hygiene. Create Strong Passwords: Creating a secure password is key to protecting private and sensitive information.
To create a strong password:
- Avoid using common numeric patterns or any form of the word password.
- Avoid using plain dictionary words.
- Use a combination of varying character types.
Recognize Phishing Attempts: Phishing is the process of scammers tricking you into giving them your personal information. It is typically done through electronic messages such as emails or text messages. The scammers send you messages while posing as an official institution to get you to respond.
To identify and avoid phishing attempts:
- Don’t log in on a site that was linked in an email.
- Check the URLs of links to make sure they bring you where they say they will.
- Avoid clicking untrustworthy links as they may cause files to download.
- Use different passwords for different accounts.
- Use multifactor authentication.