Digital Threat Assessment One-Day Training
A thorough understanding of current social media platforms being used
- The reality of current school digital baselines across communities addressing region specific issues
- Current trends of youth behaviour online and the risks associated with this use
- How to find a young person across multiple social media apps and sites
- How to use various open source tools to assist in data collection (e.g. Twitter and Instagram analytic tools)
- How to obtain user information from social media companies in response to school safety issues
The data collection process
- Training your brain to see past the noise and overwhelming amount of social media content, and focusing on relevant findings
- How to accurately keep specific social media notes on what you find and how you found it
- Screen capturing and documenting open source social media to preserve for school data collection / evidentiary requirements for police
Establishing a social media baseline for your school, community & individual of interest
Location specific social media searches (GPS coordinate searching) – Showing how to draw a geo fence over your school and monitoring the digital heartbeat of your community
- How to use geolocational searching to your advantage in identifying potential school safety concerns and student mental health concerns
- Boolean keyword search operators
- Facebook data baselines
Tools for emergency management: Social media data collection in critical time periods
- Where to start looking to find as much relevant content as possible before it disappears. For example – a bomb threat, school lockdown, grad events preparation
- Working with Law enforcement in contacting social media companies to obtain critical exigent (i.e. life/death) circumstances.
- Assessing validity and veracity of online and social data.
- Dealing with the timely response to online threat-related behaviours and anonymous threats using anonymous apps and proxy servers
Procedural recommendations for law enforcement and senior school administration in their use of social media
- Use of personal accounts vs. professional accounts.
- Current case law and school policy surrounding social media
- Best practice information in harvesting social media content
“As an administrator in a large independent school, I have been involved in numerous situations involving technology over the years. As the proliferation of cell phones and social media platforms increased, I began to feel less confident in being able to navigate the cyberworld that is so familiar to our students.
To increase my confidence, I enrolled in the day-long ‘Digital Threat Assessment’ course offered by Safer Schools Together. The course far surpassed my expectations in providing me with the trends of today’s digital world, and the tools to make sense of them. The course was so impactful because it taught me the skills and then provided realistic scenarios for me to apply them.
An unexpected bonus came after the course in the form of shared resources on diverse topics that will surely come in handy in future situations.
The next time that I find myself investigating a situation connected with technology, I know that my new competencies will be invaluable.
I enthusiastically recommend the ‘Digital Threat Assessment’ course to school administrators and to anyone who is looking to understand how technology is being used by teenagers today.”
Rundle College Society
Calgary, Alberta T3H 3W5