Parent Support

Support for Parents

We understand it can be difficult to talk about public safety threats and dangers to your children. You want them informed but you don’t want to scare them. But open communication is essential to both prepare your children for potential threats and teach them how to report suspicious activity they may see online.


What to Say to Kids?

Information for children should be based entirely on their need, developmental age, and relationship/proximity to a potential crisis or event. The goal is to reassure students that although there is always a possibility of violence, the probability of a school experiencing a high-profile violent act is low.

Why Children Don’t Report

Talk to your kids and believe your kids when they come to you. Children tend to see threats, warning signs, and signals, but don’t report them for many reasons, such as:

  • They think someone else will say something

  • They don’t want to be labeled as a “snitch” or “tattle-tale"

  • They don’t know who to tell

  • They don’t think they’ll be taken seriously


Did You Know?

Did you know that 70% of people who attempt suicide told someone of their plans or gave some other warning sign? 80% of school shooters told someone of their violent plans. 59% told more than one person. Children should be told that if they see or hear from a friend or classmate who says they will hurt themselves or others, they should report it to a teacher, a police officer, or their parents.

What To Look Out For, and How to Monitor

Today, children have access to large variety of online platforms including apps, online games, social media, and internet browsers. One of the best ways parents can better understand the online platforms their children are exposed to is by testing, playing, and watching the programs their children use so you can talk to them about what they're seeing on their screens. You know your kids best, so you're the best judge of what they can handle.


Online Gaming Chat Rooms

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Threats can take place through online gaming platforms including cyberbullying, online predators, and radicalizations for domestic and international terrorist cells.

Social Media Direct Messaging

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Did you know some direct messaging platforms, like SnapChat and Instagram, delete messages after you send them? This can lead to your teen receiving, or sending, hurtful or inappropriate content without consequences. 


Be careful what you download! Your child can unknowingly be exposed to dangerous content through their apps. If you'd like to learn more about your child's online activity, be sure to use parental control settings or parent apps.