Digital Threat Assessment® teaches participants to establish a Digital Behavioral Baseline through a School Safety / Threat Assessment (SS/TA) lens. By engaging with popular social media applications, you will learn how to find and document worrisome digital media content originating from your school community. This training solidifies your understanding of how to effectively use DTA as a critical part of any modern-day Threat Assessment.


• To apply the principles of Behavioral Threat Assessment to DTA
• To identify the digital behavioral baseline of individuals on the pathway to violence
• To assess the language of online threat-related behavior
• Searching within commonly used platforms such as, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat
• To utilize boolean operators, people search engines, and access cached data
• To validate the source of images and video
• Best practice for online navigation and ensuring privacy safeguards
• To use law enforcement guides to request user identifying information (preservation and production orders)
• To crowdsource localized and time relevant social media posts from your school and area
• The latest updates to stories, reels, hashtags, and IGTV
• To identify concerning trends and create awareness to ensure safety and mental wellbeing
• To gather public social media data with geolocation relevance—what are the most effective ways to identify potential witnesses in a public act of violence?
• To use social media to find a missing person
• To document your digital findings

*Further preparatory instructions for the DTA class will be provided in your registration email.


Very knowledgeable class and I am not very knowledgeable about social media platforms like Snapchat, IG, and Twitter.

Patricia Dallos, Security Assistant Offficer

Patricia Dallos, Security Assistant Offficer CiTi BOCES

Essential learning to learn about the basics of social media platforms when conducting risk assessments. I have a greater understanding of how to search open data across a variety of platforms.

Leanne Lyons, High School Teacher

Leanne Lyons, High School Teacher

Awesome training should be mandatory for all school systems and School Resource Officers.

Darrell Slater, Detective

Darrell Slater, Detective Anderson County Sheriff's Department

Fantastic session on Digital Threat Assessment. Already signed up for the Advanced course. Job well done!

David Salmon, Teacher Consultant

David Salmon, Teacher Consultant Edmonton Public School Division

SST has been very helpful to me and my district in the short time since I discovered this company. The employees are always fast and helpful, and it is obvious they are passionate about keeping our schools safe. Thank you for another great training.

Holly Broadway, Director of Student Services

Holly Broadway, Director of Student Services Fulton Public Schools

The session was informative and at times very eye-opening. If we hope to keep our kids safe, we must keep up with the current tech and social interests, which does training like this one all the more critical.

Jeshua J. Mercado, Security Assistant

Jeshua J. Mercado, Security Assistant CiTi BOCES

Colton is very knowledgeable and explained all topics well. I would be interested in taking the advanced digital threat assessment course!

Olivia Matthews, Intelligence Analyst

Olivia Matthews, Intelligence Analyst NC State Bureau of Investigation

What started out as a conference inquiry turned into total buy-in for the program. Safe schools are no longer an option, they are a priority. This training will help accomplish that.

Garrett Gardin, Sergeant

Garrett Gardin, Sergeant Hendersonville Police Dept

I thought the training was exceptional and greatly applied to my job. It was taught thoroughly and the instructor was great at explaining threat assessment and social media topics, all while navigating the chat for questions submitted by participants. I enjoyed the training and will definitely take more similar courses offered in the future by Safer Schools Together.

Mary-Michael St. John,  Detective

Mary-Michael St. John, Detective North Carolina State University Police Department

SST training was an educational, informational, and valuable workshop to attend. It has informed me more about social media sites used by youth. The resources and tools are very useful and I am glad to use them.

Una	Miljevic, Educator

Una Miljevic, Educator Pythagoras Academy

By participating in the training today I learned a lot of tools that will help me investigate suspicious activities on the student accounts. I also learned a lot about myself through some of the things I do on my social media. I think every educator should take this course and try all the tools using their own name. Highly recommend this training.

Yanina Vihovska, Teacher

Yanina Vihovska, Teacher Pythagoras Academy

My name is Jenna Lewis and I’m an investigative analyst with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. This was a great training. It was very helpful when the instructor provided us with links we could click on and learn about. I learned so much from this course and can’t wait to apply my new skills at work.

Jenna Lewis, Instigative Analyst

Jenna Lewis, Instigative Analyst Brevard County Sheriff's Office

The trainer was very patient and showed me windows + snipping. I really appreciate his patient (Greg)

Monica Barnes, Safety Security Assistant

Monica Barnes, Safety Security Assistant CiTi BOCES

With social media changing day to day, we need more wat to stop social media bullying and threats to harm.

Stanley Parker, Security Assistant

Stanley Parker, Security Assistant CiTi BOCES

The training upgraded my skills with social media apps. It allows me to step up with un my job with high schoolers.

Markehe Plummer, Security Assistant

Markehe Plummer, Security Assistant CiTi BOCES

This training is a must in the education system. Our world has changed and social media is at the forefront. Knowledge is powerful and vital in addressing the issues our children are dealing with. Get this training!

Don Wright, Safety Security Officer

Don Wright, Safety Security Officer CiTi BOCES

It was very informative. I really learned a lot that I can share with my team at school. Thank you!

Stephen Madison, Security Assistant Officer

Stephen Madison, Security Assistant Officer CiTi BOCES

The presenters were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic in presenting outstanding information. Thank you.

Martin Sabel, Investigative Analyst

Martin Sabel, Investigative Analyst Brevard County Sheriffs Office

Safer Schools Together provided engaging training to our school staff on identifying digital threats and how to use online tools for further research to prevent situations from escalating. This training helped us to better understand the risks involved with students using various social media platforms and what can be done to help ensure their safety. Thank you, SST!

Karina Logan, Campus Secretary

Karina Logan, Campus Secretary OneSchool Global Vancouver Campus

The training was very interesting and interactive. It provided a lot of detail of ways to work with and deal with situations involving constantly evolving technology and keep kids safe.

Graham Hartl, Police Officer

Graham Hartl, Police Officer Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Thank you for having such an outstanding class. This was the best technical related class I have had in many years. I know a lot of work goes into making good training. You guys hit the ball out of Wrigley Field, across Lake Michigan, and over to the State of Michigan to land on this one! Thank you again.

Michael Whitlow, Patrolman

Michael Whitlow, Patrolman Canton Park District PD

It was a fantastic training with useful and relevant information. We are on the frontline in schools and the information makes me more comfortable as a school administrator that I can keep my students safe.

Bradley Gotshall, Assistant Principal

Bradley Gotshall, Assistant Principal Pontiac-William Holliday SD #105

I really appreciated the digital threat assessment training as our students are increasingly engaging online and as a result, less so in person. This training equipped me with the tools to get a pulse for how students are doing by investigating online.

Ty Taufer, School Social Worker

Ty Taufer, School Social Worker WCSEA

The training was was a real eye opener for what is going on in social media platforms.

Mark Brunshweiger, Safety Officer

Mark Brunshweiger, Safety Officer CiTi BOCES

SST offers a variety of helpful tools for anyone in law enforcement or education with a common goal of keeping our youth safe.

Charles Knepper, Youth Detective

Charles Knepper, Youth Detective Orange PD

This training was excellent and should be required for school staff that handle bullying, harassment and DTAs.

Jim Minihan, Chief Emergency Officer

Jim Minihan, Chief Emergency Officer Ossining UFSD

This training was excellent! It was up to date and insightful. The presenters were welcoming and friendly.

Gabriel Lomas, Professor

Gabriel Lomas, Professor Western Connecticut State University/CT School Safety Center

Very Informative Training! Brings to light a lot of different topics that can be overwhelming if you do not make yourself aware of them before an actual high stress event.

Matt Iannucci, Detective

Matt Iannucci, Detective Woodbridge Police Department

I recommend SST Online training, it was informative. The trainer took his time to explain each section in a timely manner. I had several takeaways, that I will be using in our district. Can’t wait to take the next course! Thank you!

Tamatha Sycz, Technology Analyst

Tamatha Sycz, Technology Analyst Southington Public Schools

I learned so much from this training, learning how to see if photos are unique or stock was very cool. It was interactive and yet it allowed me to work independently. It is something everyone who works with kids in schools really should attend. Thank you guys for doing what you do!

Katherine Scheibel, School Social Worker

Katherine Scheibel, School Social Worker Milford Public Schools

This was very valuable training. With 20 years of law enforcement background and seven years serving as Director of School Safety & Security, this training paired with a multi-disciplinary approach is essential for mitigating school threats. The content and instructors were very informative and relative to the current challenges school systems face every day. I am looking forward to the advanced course in this area next month.

Jeffrey Nielsen, Director of Safety & Security

Jeffrey Nielsen, Director of Safety & Security Milford Public Schools

This presentation was an eye-opening look into the digital world and how it relates to school violence. Multiple tools to search social media were presented in an effort to identify patterns in student behavior that indicate potential violence. Overall, a very well put together class. Thank you.

Jon Chawgo, Safety Officer

Jon Chawgo, Safety Officer Oswego CiTi/BOCES

The SST online training was by far the best online training experience I have had as an educator since the increasing use of the format. Not only were the trainers knowledgeable, they were engaging! They used helpful graphics and live examples to make the information easier to understand and utilize independently. I thought that the 50:7 learning to break ratio was extremely helpful with the online format of this learning experience. Staying engaged and interested for long periods of time on the computer can sometimes become difficult. I thought that allowing for breaks offered an increase in productivity for all. Great presentation all around!

Caitlyn Nunes, School Counsellor

Caitlyn Nunes, School Counsellor Milford Public Schools

Training was very informative. I work as an officer for the CT Capitol Police and even thought this was geared towards students I found it beneficial in trying to evaluate/investigate digital threats directed towards the Capitol complex and/or Legislators.

John Gulino, Director of Safety, Security & Compliance

John Gulino, Director of Safety, Security & Compliance South Orangetown Central School District

I learned more practical information in this single-day digital threat training than I have in weeks of threat assessment training. The resources are excellent for reference in the future.

Marie Petrone, Director of Student and Family Services

Marie Petrone, Director of Student and Family Services Amherst County Public Schools

Wonderful presentation. Clear, concise, and very relevant. Provided me with information that I may share with my schools to keep everyone safe.

Karen Taylor, Secondary Supervisor

Karen Taylor, Secondary Supervisor Buchanan County Public Schools

Our presenters did an excellent job of providing us with the investigative tools to provide thorough background searches of the online component of threat assessments. About 80% of our threat assessments come in the form of digital threats making this relevant to where we are right now.

Aaron Boughner, Assistant Principal

Aaron Boughner, Assistant Principal Powhatan County Public Schools

I have been deeply involved with our school districts threat assessment procedures for almost 10 years and have attended many SST trainings. Each time I come away with more knowledge and skills that I am able to immediately implement. SST has become a go to resource and has been instrumental in us constructing and maintaining a meaningful threat assessment processes.

Jason Kohl, School Psychologist

Jason Kohl, School Psychologist Galax City Public Schools

Wonderful training with very knowledgeable and personable trainers. Clearly well educated on the subject matter and willing to work with everyone.

Albert Parker, School Security Officer

Albert Parker, School Security Officer Buckingham County Schools

This training was exceptionally presented and packed full of educational information that is necessary in today’s world.

Krista Hill, School Psychologist

Krista Hill, School Psychologist Richmond Public Schools

This was excellent training with valuable resources that could be put in place right away for our threat assessment team.

Sarah Lenfield, School Counselor

Sarah Lenfield, School Counselor Kankakee School District 111

The training was very informative and relevant. A must have for every Behavioral Threat Assessment Team.

Willie J. Hunt, Director of Safety and Security

Willie J. Hunt, Director of Safety and Security Kankakee School District 111

As an SRO I have an added sense of confidence in my abilities to find relevant digital information to address school safety issues after attending SST’s Digital Threat Assessment training. The training provided a solid foundation knowledge that I can continue to build upon.

Monte White Sr., School Resource Officer

Monte White Sr., School Resource Officer Hobart Police Department

Every educator, district IT staff & law enforcement personnel should be required to take this course. It contains valuable tools & knowledge needed to research & locate potential threats. Definitely worthwhile.

Cheryl Ann Johnson, Admin Assistant/Support to IT

Cheryl Ann Johnson, Admin Assistant/Support to IT Fort McMurray Public School Division

Safer Schools Together, was super informative and explained concepts thoroughly. The use of real life experiences for examples really helped convey the messages and helped to better understand ways to help staff and students feel safe at school. I would recommend training with Safer Schools Together to all, and I look forward to future trainings that are hosted.

Shiara Dhillon, Family Wellness Worker

Shiara Dhillon, Family Wellness Worker Wild Rose School Division

Very useful training! A lot of knowledge and a much needed skills in todays schools.

Kaitlyn Yates, Teacher

Kaitlyn Yates, Teacher SD34 Abbotsford

I have found the SST courses to be very good, and after completing them I am now aware of just how unaware I was before of the depth of data available and how to use it when critical events arise. The SST trainers have all been excellent and my contact with the staff at SST, both verbally and via email, to help choose a sequence of courses was incredibly helpful.

Jason Hobbs, Teacher

Jason Hobbs, Teacher Unisus School

I thoroughly enjoyed attending this training. I gained immense insight and hope to attend the advanced digital threat assessment training in the near future. I KNOW this is valuable information that everyone in education should have.

Hunter McLeod, Threat Assessment Coordinator

Hunter McLeod, Threat Assessment Coordinator North Central Educational Service District

The Safer Schools Together Digital Threat Assessment® training was incredibly informative and engaging. The day flew by and left me wanting to know more. Most of all, it was thought-provoking in ways that are essential in understanding how we can use modern technology to help our students and communities in HUGE ways. Personally, I believe every school would benefit from receiving this training! Looking forward to continuing to learn with Safer Schools Together. Thank you!

Melissa Ironside, Itinerant High/Low Incidence Support Teacher

Melissa Ironside, Itinerant High/Low Incidence Support Teacher SD 48 - Sea to Sky

It is so reassuring to connect with an organization that are experts in their field. As a school, knowing we can reach out at any time for support is very much appreciated. The many trainings I have attended from SST have all been extremely informative, well presented and presented many take-aways. Thank you, SST!

Lisa Bremner, Head of House (Counsellor)

Lisa Bremner, Head of House (Counsellor) Collingwood School

The DTA training I took part in gave me an excellent foundation as a new member of an Admin team to feel confident in assessing and investigating potential threats and concerns for our school community.

Ethan Shoemaker, Vice Principal

Ethan Shoemaker, Vice Principal St. Thomas More Collegiate

This was a great training. I feel much more informed and educated about how to investigate crimes on social media platforms. Very useful information

Adam Doleschy, School Liaison Officer

Adam Doleschy, School Liaison Officer West Bend Police

The DTA training curriculum offered by Safer Schools Together is second to none.  On principle, it is focused on training the user to become the expert, rather than pushing a software or support package.  The result is an immediate and confident application of the skills and a direct impact on student safety.  From a cost/benefit perspective, I would consider it foolish to not take advantage of what they are offering.

Officer Will Chapman, SRO

Officer Will Chapman, SRO Founder, Chapman School Safety

I feel that SST did a great job with the Digital Threat Assessment class. The course material was very informative and well presented by the instructors. The information I learned from this class will definitely enable me to perform my investigative duties at a higher level.

Raymond Croze, Corporal

Raymond Croze, Corporal Clearwater Police Department

This was the most informative training I have attended on Threat Assessment, Social Media, and student’s online use.  The presenters were absolutely amazing and did a great job of speaking to an audience with a wide range of knowledge and experience. Thank you so much and I look forward to the upcoming trainings!

Sheila Kembel, Regional School Safety Program Manager

Sheila Kembel, Regional School Safety Program Manager Puget Sound Educational Service District

I was deeply impressed by the depth, breadth, and scope of the information shared.  The presenters were outstanding!  I highly recommend this training!

Dr. Jeffrey Lannan, Counsellor

Dr. Jeffrey Lannan, Counsellor St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary School

I love SST’s trainings! I walk away from each with the ability to plan and implement ideas and strategies for our district team.

Donna Barner, District Coordinator of Student Support Services

Donna Barner, District Coordinator of Student Support Services Fraser Cascade School District #78

I’ve been with MCPS security for over 12 years and have many other years in other security-related fields and this was the best 8 hours spent at any training that I have ever received. So many topics that we learned today will help us with investigations and putting out fires before they begin. Cannot thank Safer Schools Together enough for all of the amazing and real-life knowledge that they shared. There is no doubt that Safer Schools Together has helped so many students, staff, and families in so many different ways.

Joe Tehaan, Security Assistant

Joe Tehaan, Security Assistant Montgomery County

The Digital Threat Assessment Training provided by Safer Schools Together was incredibly informative and helpful to me as an administrator in understanding new online trends among teens, along with search tools available at my disposal to take a preventative approach to threat management.

Katie Wood, Dean of Students

Katie Wood, Dean of Students West Aurora High School

This was hands down, one of the best trainings I have attended in my 24 years as a law enforcement officer.  The material was very relevant to what I am dealing with in my schools as an SRO and would love to see more training like this in the future!

Joy Davis, School Resource Officer

Joy Davis, School Resource Officer City of Edwardsville Police Department

By far the Digital Threat Assessment training with the SST team was the best I have been to.  Real-world applications for helping to keep the kids safe from themselves and others when using social media.  Highly recommended!!

Michael Sedor, Dean of Students

Michael Sedor, Dean of Students Brooks Middle School

This training was exceptional! The trainers were experts in their field who answered all questions asked of them. They were kind and patient with everyone on the zoom training. I would recommend this training to all security, administrators, and police officers!

Alyson Baber, Security Coordinator

Alyson Baber, Security Coordinator Montgomery County Public Schools

Overall training was detailed and extremely informative. The trainer had a wealth of knowledge that not only pertained to our educational system but also to the law enforcement community. I would highly recommend all SRO’s to attend training by Safer Schools Together.

Kourtney Nemec, School Resource Officer

Kourtney Nemec, School Resource Officer Antioch High School

This was literally the best school training I have ever had.  Everyone in charge of school safety needs this training.

Rich Transon, Dean of Students

Rich Transon, Dean of Students Brooks Middle School

As a Community and School Resource Officer, I was in awe of the information this training presented. Social media is not an option, it is the way our students and youth communicate on a daily basis. Within two weeks of taking the Digital Threat Assessment training from Safer Schools Together, four students walked into the office at one of my schools to report that their friend was contemplating suicide. During the initial interview with them, I was able to utilize Snapchat’s new SnapMap feature to quickly locate the student on a map in real-time. Previous to the training, I didn’t know that there was such a tool that would allow us this opportunity. I believe that a student is alive right now due to the courage of the four students and the quick use of available open-source social media. This is a MUST have training for school districts and any law enforcement who deal with youth. This training WILL save lives!!

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