Texas School Safety Center to Teach Districts About Digital Threats
- By Sherelle Black
- October 15, 2019
Social media has become a huge asset in identifying potential threats to schools.
The Texas School Safety Center along with Safer Schools Together will be traveling throughout the state to teach districts what to look for on social media.
Joe Munoz, program manager for school-based law enforcement training at the Texas School Safety Center, told NBCDFW the two organizations will be hosting digital threat assessment workshops through January 2020.
“Social media changes daily, if not hourly, and on our end, to catch things that might be happening, we need to be on top of it,” he said. “The feedback we’ve gotten from school districts is that they want more training more often, so it’s going to be incumbent upon us to provide that training.”
While open to districts, junior colleges, school-based law enforcement and open enrollment charter schools, the workshops are not open to vendors and contractors.
In a release, the safety center said, “ An overall assessment of risk cannot be determined without looking at social media and online activity. It is imperative to understand the tools and methods available to identify online threat related behavior.”
Those attending will need to bring their own laptop.
Districts in Texas are also having to train a threat assessment team, which is required by law for school districts.
Sherelle Black is a Content Editor for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at 1105 Media.