D.A.R.E. America http://www.dare.org Empowering Children to Lead Safe and Healthy Lives Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:02:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 School safety conference held amid threat investigation http://www.dare.org/school-safety-conference-held-amid-threat-investigation/ http://www.dare.org/school-safety-conference-held-amid-threat-investigation/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:59:18 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16242 From  wpri.com. WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — School officials and parents came together in Warwick Thursday to talk about safety while police continue to investigate a second threat made against students in three local communities. As Warwick, Cranston, and Johnston react to a second threatening letter sent to police, one woman who was part of the […]

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From  wpri.com.

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — School officials and parents came together in Warwick Thursday to talk about safety while police continue to investigate a second threat made against students in three local communities.

As Warwick, Cranston, and Johnston react to a second threatening letter sent to police, one woman who was part of the worst elementary school disaster in recent history was spreading her message.

“I think one of the greatest ways to calm that fear as a parent is to be involved,” said Michele Gay.

Gay’s 7-year-old daughter, Josephine, was one of the 26 children shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2013. On Thursday, she took a message of empowerment and collaboration to the annual Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) School Safety Conference.

“It’s the people that really are the power of making the community safer,” she said. “Not just the communication in an emergency, but also communicating beforehand.”

That’s one thing the Cranston School District said they’ve been doing.

“Throughout the past two years, we’ve worked very closely with the Cranston Police Department in a very concentrated effort to improve our school security,” said Asst. Superintendent Jeannie Nota-Masse. “In the wake of these threats, the communication has been on a daily basis.”

The threats against the three school districts sent a sign to other districts around the state. After the first threat was received, Providence administrators met immediately and had a plan in place for the following day.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a wake-up call, because we try to be proactive in Providence. We’re not reactive, just waiting on the next situation,” said Andre Thibeault, director of operations for Providence Schools.

Thibeault was one of the speakers at the RIEMA conference. He said one thing each school district needs to know is their risks, and analyze those risks before making a plan.

 

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Parent network hosting Internet safety and social media education night http://www.dare.org/parent-network-hosting-internet-safety-and-social-media-education-night/ http://www.dare.org/parent-network-hosting-internet-safety-and-social-media-education-night/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:51:25 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16239 From Eagle-Tribune. NORTH ANDOVER– With more young people owning smartphones and engaging with one another on a multitude of social media applications, parents have to pay closer attention to what their kids are posting online. Matt Abel, assistant principal of North Andover Middle School, knows all too well what can happen when kids become too comfortable […]

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From Eagle-Tribune.

NORTH ANDOVER– With more young people owning smartphones and engaging with one another on a multitude of social media applications, parents have to pay closer attention to what their kids are posting online.

Matt Abel, assistant principal of North Andover Middle School, knows all too well what can happen when kids become too comfortable on the Internet.

“I’d say about 50 percent of the issues we deal with have to do with Internet and apps,” Abel said. “These issues have always been there, but now they are out there for everyone to see.”

The North Andover Parents Resource Network, in conjunction with the Building Respectful Community (BRC) committee, will host an Internet Safety and Social Media event in the NAMS auditorium, on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Parents of children in grades four through 10 are encouraged to attend.

A panel of educators, police officers and technology specialists will discuss topics such as privacy settings and cyber bullying. Parents have the opportunity to bring resources home with them at the end of the evening.

According to Abel, BRC chairwoman Barbara Whidden approached him about putting on an event to educate parents on the digital dangers kids face. Abel then contacted Officer James Donovan, a detective in the Saugus Police Department and expert on Internet safety, to see if he would be interested in helping out. Donovan will serve as a guest on the panel.

“It’s been awesome to have the support of people like Officer Donovan.” Abel said. “They are extremely passionate about this issue and we appreciate them taking the time to speak on this issue.”

Abel says kids must be aware of how they present themselves online and how the words they write, sometimes hurtful towards classmates, can get around to hundreds of people quickly. By educating parents, kids will begin to think twice before sending an mean text message or posting an inappropriate picture.

Phones are not allowed in school, and Abel and other teachers do their best to provide guidance to students on the issue. But once the bell rings, the responsibility lies on the parents to monitor their children’s online behavior.

“For a lot of parents, they don’t want to violate that trust with their kid,” Abel said. “But sometimes, you have to take the initiative. It could save a kid from making a terrible mistake.”

The event is free, open to the public and those interested do not have to register beforehand. For more information, contact the North Andover Parent Resource Network at najointspeaker@gmail.com.

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School ablaze with orange, anti-bullying messages http://www.dare.org/school-ablaze-with-orange-anti-bullying-messages/ http://www.dare.org/school-ablaze-with-orange-anti-bullying-messages/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:38:16 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16236 Guidance Counselor Linda Sheff admires some of the shirts students made during National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month. The school has participated in the campaign in the past, but this year placed a strong emphasis on positive community attitudes. (Kost/Democrat photo). From fosters.com. FARMINGTON — Walking into the Farmington High School cafeteria, one might think […]

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Guidance Counselor Linda Sheff admires some of the shirts students made during National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month. The school has participated in the campaign in the past, but this year placed a strong emphasis on positive community attitudes. (Kost/Democrat photo).

From fosters.com.

FARMINGTON — Walking into the Farmington High School cafeteria, one might think it was turned into a T-shirt shop.

About 40 orange T-shirts lined the back walls, fully decorated with positive and inspirational messages.

“Not a bystander,” one reads.

“Stop the bullying,” another says with a drawing of a bandage on it.

One of the first shirts in sight reads, “Your mom doesn’t support bullying!”

These personalized T-shirts are just some of nearly 15 schoolwide activities and events Farmington High School has been organizing for its students for National Bullying Prevention and Awareness month.

The school has participated in the national campaign in the past.

Guidance Counselor Linda Sheff said this is the first year the school has put such a strong emphasis on spreading awareness and inspiring positive community support.

“We felt like we needed to place an emphasis on putting together leadership in the school,” Sheff said.

“We have done some things in the past, but this month we have something going on every week.”

Sheff said bullying hasn’t been a large concern at the high school, but this month gave students and staff a chance to address any existing issues that may be out there.

“In all schools, bullying occurs,” she said.

“We’re among them. We’re working together as a school to address them as quickly and effectively as possible.”

The orange T-shirts were made on Oct. 14, 16, and 17 by all grades.

Advisory groups of about 10 students each were given a T-shirt and a black sharpie to make a positive message or slogan.

Students could bring in additional materials as well. Some T-shirts had braids and beads.

One even had a cape with the Batman symbol on the front.

The showcase in the school’s main lobby’s is being used to display bullying facts and statistics for the entire month.

Other activities and events include questionnaires and presentations. And, students are asked to wear orange on Fridays for the entire month, so the school can stand together against bullying, Sheff said.

In addition, a professional youth speaker and leadership trainer came to speak to students Tuesday morning on the topic of bullying.

The school’s participation in the national campaign will go through the rest of October.

The National Guard will come to speak to students on Oct. 29 about positive leadership roles.

A post questionnaire will be given to students on Oct. 30.

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ADPS: Safe Communities program is working http://www.dare.org/adps-safe-communities-program-is-working/ http://www.dare.org/adps-safe-communities-program-is-working/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:25:46 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16233 From www.wrdw.com. AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW)—Aiken Public Safety says their Safe Communities is working to keep violent crime down in Aiken city limits but they aren’t doing it alone. “We can’t arrest our way out of crime,” says Aiken Public Safety Lieutenant Jake Mahoney. That’s why Aiken Public Safety teamed up with a number of different community […]

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From www.wrdw.com.

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW)—Aiken Public Safety says their Safe Communities is working to keep violent crime down in Aiken city limits but they aren’t doing it alone.

“We can’t arrest our way out of crime,” says Aiken Public Safety Lieutenant Jake Mahoney.

That’s why Aiken Public Safety teamed up with a number of different community members to given repeat violent offenders a second chance to turn their lives around.

“On the night of notification, Chief gives them a choice,” said Town Creek Baptist church pastor Clint Smith,” You can reoffend and go to jail, you can reoffend and be dead in the street or you can make a lifestyle change and make it right.”

On Tuesday, two safe communities participants pled guilty to charges and will now face serious jail time as a result. But this isn’t the result of the program that Aiken Public Safety or some members of the community want.

“Ultimately it’s all up to their decision,” said Smith,”good choices or bad choices.”

Resources are offered to the group of offenders when they’re put on notice; anything from counseling to help finding and keeping gainful employment.

“Our role is to provide job training and assistance in over coming obstacles and getting employed,” said Goodwill Industries’ Jennifer Hart, “how to find a job, how to answer questions about gaps where you might have spent some time in prison.”

Public safety says the program is fresh and still needs tweaking but they’ve been pleased with the results and pleased with the community reception. They plan to have another offender notification later this year or the first of next year.

 

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Leading Opponent of Marijuana Legalization Suggests Pot Contributed to Michael Brown’s Death http://www.dare.org/leading-opponent-of-marijuana-legalization-suggests-pot-contributed-to-michael-browns-death/ http://www.dare.org/leading-opponent-of-marijuana-legalization-suggests-pot-contributed-to-michael-browns-death/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:17:49 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16228 From ThinkProgress. Discussion about just how Michael Brown died was revived this week after a new gunshot residue analysis and autopsy leaked to the press provided more information about the crime scene. But a psychiatrist who was honored last year by the White House and serves as an advisor to a prominent anti-marijuana group seized […]

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From ThinkProgress.

Discussion about just how Michael Brown died was revived this week after a new gunshot residue analysis and autopsy leaked to the press provided more information about the crime scene. But a psychiatrist who was honored last year by the White House and serves as an advisor to a prominent anti-marijuana group seized instead on the full results of the toxicology report to argue there is another contributing cause of Brown’s death: marijuana.

In a blog post that was publicized on the Facebook page of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (Project SAM) and deleted only after a Twitter backlash, Dr. Christian Thurstone argues that because the toxicology report confirms the presence of marijuana above the legal impairment limit, “Brown’s death also should serve as a tragic reminder that marijuana is not harmless, that it is not just like alcohol or ‘safer than alcohol,’ that its consumption often leads to impairment that is very difficult for the public to measure — also making it tough for the public to hold users accountable for the harm they’ve caused others. Marijuana users also could be vulnerable to aggression and attacks while under the drug’s influence.”

Project SAM is perhaps the most prominent anti-marijuana organization. It takes a moderate position in the scheme of anti-drug organizations that calls for “a middle road between incarceration and legalization,” as compared to more fringe groups like Save Our Society From Drugs. But it has been at the forefront of opposing legalization initiatives, and even a federal initiative to protect medical marijuana distributors that are legal under state law, with former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D) as its spokesperson. It states that its members “believe in an approach that neither legalizes, nor demonizes, marijuana,” which is probably why, hours after promoting Thurstone’s post, the organization took it down, as its leader Kevin Sabet said only on Twitter:

We deleted the controversial posting, but many people still retweeting to spread the misinformation. Wish I could say I was surprised.

Neither Sabet nor the organization made any further comments about the substance of the post, although he later tweeted:

It’s incredible how marijuana advocates go for personal jabs rather than discuss substance.

After the publication of this article, Sabet tweeted another statement overnight, stating, “Let me be clear: to imply Michael Brown’s death was due to pot is to confuse & distort a profoundly troubling event. This isn’t SAM’s view.”

Thurstone is a board member on SAM, although the Michael Brown post now includes a disclaimer stating that the post represents his views alone and not “the views of any organizations with which he is affiliated.”

But Thurstone has made himself something of a public figure in his own right. In 2013, he was named an “Advocate for Action” by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. In that role, he wrote blog posts published by on the ONDCP site.

And in the media, he has made a campaign out of flagging the potential harm of marijuana on adolescents. Thurstone makes reasonable arguments that marijuana can be addictive in teens, and that use of marijuana among adolescents is increasing. But Thurstone does nothing in his latest post to explain the link between those claims, and his conclusion that Brown’s death had anything to do with marijuana. In fact, he seems to say that pot could have made Brown more violent or less violent, but that either way, it must have done something.

ThinkProgress could not reach Thurstone via email or phone Thursday afternoon. But on Friday morning, ThinkProgress spoke with Thurstone’s wife, Christine Tatum, who explained that Thurstone is deployed overseas and could not be reached, but that she assisted Thurstone with his post. “He’s never said that marijuana use caused that boy’s death,” Tatum told ThinkProgress. She said Thurstone is just “stating facts” and that “he’s just saying marijuana’s not harmless. … He is just pointing out that marijuana use can have consequences.”

When asked to explain what Thurstone meant when he said that Brown’s death served as a “tragic reminder that marijuana is not harmless,” she said, “You either could be harmed while you are under the influence or you could face consequences because you have harmed someone else while you are under the influence. It could happen to you.” She later added in a subsequent email, “His death — which is the only reason we’re all seeing his subsequent tox screen — is a tragic reminder that marijuana use can be addictive and that the drug can be abused.”

Thurstone’s argument glosses over the clear racial components of Brown’s death, and bolsters the character assassination that has become common in cases where young black teens have been killed. Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Sean Bell, and several other young black victims have been blamed for alleged use of marijuana or alcohol before their deaths, even though it has nothing to do with whether they should have died.

Tom Angell of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority called SAM’s promotion of Thurstone’s comments a sign of “desperation,” saying in a statement to ThinkProgress, “Kevin Sabet and Project SAM have made a concerted effort to reach out to people of color in an effort to defend prohibition despite the clear racially disproportionate impact of its enforcement. I don’t think these offensive comments about Michael Brown are going to aid that effort.”

Also Thursday, the Washington, D.C. branches of the NAACP and National Organization of Women endorsed Washington’s ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. Local NAACP chapters also supported the initiatives in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. And the national chapter endorsed a federal marijuana reform bill.

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Dunn County deputy earns state award for warning kids about drugs http://www.dare.org/dunn-county-deputy-earns-state-award-for-warning-kids-about-drugs/ http://www.dare.org/dunn-county-deputy-earns-state-award-for-warning-kids-about-drugs/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:04:21 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16225 Dunn County Deputy Rod Dicus teaches a Drug Abuse Resistance Education class to Elk Mound fifth-graders. Dicus recently was named as the Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year. From Leader-Telegram. MENOMONIE — Dunn County Deputy Rod Dicus gave high fives and fist bumps to students as he walked through Elk Mound Middle School hallways on […]

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Dunn County Deputy Rod Dicus teaches a Drug Abuse Resistance Education class to Elk Mound fifth-graders. Dicus recently was named as the Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year.

From Leader-Telegram.

MENOMONIE — Dunn County Deputy Rod Dicus gave high fives and fist bumps to students as he walked through Elk Mound Middle School hallways on a recent day.

“How are you doing?” a smiling Dicus asked students as they stopped to tell him about their day.

Dressed in his tan-and-brown sheriff’s office uniform, Dicus was at the school to teach the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, a 10-week class to teach fifth-graders the skills to make good decisions, build their self-esteem and avoid tobacco, drug and alcohol use.

Dicus’ work with students hasn’t gone unnoticed. He has been named the Wisconsin 2014 D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year, an award he said he is humbled to have received.

“It’s very rewarding,” Dicus said of being the sheriff’s office D.A.R.E. officer. “I think D.A.R.E. is a real positive in schools.”

Dicus said having students meet an officer in a positive, relaxed environment helps build relationships that encourage positive behaviors by students. Those relationships were evident during Dicus’ recent D.A.R.E. presentation at Elk Mound Middle School. Dicus, 52, said he tries to engage students as he teaches them about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

During a recent D.A.R.E. class about peer pressure, Dicus played the part of a fellow student trying to persuade others to try tobacco and alcohol. Students laughed throughout Dicus’ presentation but received his serious message.

Dicus told students the best option is to avoid situations at which drugs or alcohol may be present. He taught them it is OK to simply refuse to try drugs or alcohol.

“That is why I’m here,” Dicus told the students. “I’m giving you options. You know right from wrong. Make good decisions, and make them count.”

Issie Hollister, 10, an Elk Mound fifth-grader, said she appreciates Dicus’ ability to make D.A.R.E. presentations entertaining.

“He keeps it interesting,” Hollister said. “I kind of like how he tells us realistic statistics and the effects alcohol and tobacco use can do to you.”

Fellow fifth-grader Walker Banaszak, 10, said Dicus taught students there are 200 chemicals in a cigarette. Banaszak said D.A.R.E. gives students the tools they need to refuse drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

In an average year, Dicus, who has been a D.A.R.E. officer for nine years, teaches 600 to 700 students at Dunn County schools. D.A.R.E. classes are taught to fifth-graders throughout the county. In the Elk Mound and Colfax school districts, seventh-graders also participate in the program.

Michelle Martineau, an Elk Mound Middle School fifth-grade teacher, said having Dicus teach D.A.R.E. helps students see officers as real people who care about them. She said Dicus is deserving of the state D.A.R.E. award.

“He looks for positives in kids,” she said. “He tries to engage all of them in conversation. He is a natural at it. He is perfect for the role.”

Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith praised Dicus’ D.A.R.E. efforts.

“He has the ability to remember which school most of them were in and most of their names,” Smith said.

Jessica Graham, a teacher at Downsville Elementary School, nominated Dicus for the award in April. In her nomination letter, she praised Dicus’ ability to work with children.

“The material in the D.A.R.E. curriculum can be tricky to teach, but Deputy Dicus gets to know the kids and encourages participation,” she wrote. “He finds ways to identify student strengths and uses those strengths so each student feels they have contributed in a meaningful way.”

Dicus said he could not teach D.A.R.E. without the support of cooperating school districts.

“The school districts have been great,” Dicus said. “It really is collaboration and working together.”

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Irvington’s Main Street School Fifth-Graders Take on D.A.R.E. Program http://www.dare.org/irvingtons-main-street-school-fifth-graders-take-on-d-a-r-e-program/ http://www.dare.org/irvingtons-main-street-school-fifth-graders-take-on-d-a-r-e-program/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:59:35 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16221 The Main Street School fifth- graders are participating in the DARE program with Police Officer Erik Seman. Photo Credit: Irvington Union Free School District. From tarrytown.dailyvoice.com. IRVINGTON, N.Y. — The fifth-graders at Main Street School have begun the 2014 Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program. The main objective of the program is to teach the fifth- graders how to […]

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The Main Street School fifth- graders are participating in the DARE program with Police Officer Erik Seman. Photo Credit: Irvington Union Free School District.

From tarrytown.dailyvoice.com.

IRVINGTON, N.Y. — The fifth-graders at Main Street School have begun the 2014 Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program.

The main objective of the program is to teach the fifth- graders how to make healthy choices that are right for them. DARE Officer Erik Seman teaches children how to recognize and resist the direct and subtle pressures they will face in life.

Along the way, the fifth-graders are building a positive relationship with Seman and the Irvington Police Department that will last a lifetime.

The D.A.R.E. Program runs for five weeks and concludes with a graduation ceremony and gallery of work students will create to display their new learning.

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D.A.R.E. seeking vehicle to educate against drugs http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-seeking-vehicle/ http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-seeking-vehicle/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:53:50 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16218 School officer seeking vehicle to educate against drugs. From The Sun Times. Heber Springs, Arkansas Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer Mandee Love of the Heber Springs Police Department and is going above and beyond in her efforts to educate Heber Springs school children about the dangers of drugs. In her short time as a […]

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School officer seeking vehicle to educate against drugs.

From The Sun Times.

Heber Springs, Arkansas

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer Mandee Love of the Heber Springs Police Department and is going above and beyond in her efforts to educate Heber Springs school children about the dangers of drugs. In her short time as a new School Resource Officer on the Heber Springs School District campus, she has become actively involved in providing education for kids regarding drugs in an effort to help them make smart choices in the future.

In order to help with this worthy program, Love, and the Heber Springs Police Department, are seeking to obtain a D.A.R.E. vehicle. The purpose of this flashy, decorated vehicle would be to catch the eye of not only the children, but also parents and the public at large and, in doing so, show and active, recognizable presence in the education effort.

“We have to raise right around $15,000 for the vehicle,” said Love. “A number of businesses have already donated to the program to help us get the vehicle.”

Love is also spearheading a fundraising dodge ball game themed “Dodge Drugs!” The game will take place October 28th at the Heber Springs High School gym and will showcase Heber Springs High School Students taking on the faculty. Admission will be $3 and at half time, $1 tickets will be available for a chance to play Minute to Win It. All proceeds will go towards purchasing a D.A.R.E. vehicle.

“Several people have seen D.A.R.E. vehicles and commented about how much their children enjoy the program,” said Love. “A D.A.R.E. vehicle is the ultimate community service tool.”

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Attorney General announces new school safety initiative http://www.dare.org/attorney-general-announces-new-school-safety-initiative/ http://www.dare.org/attorney-general-announces-new-school-safety-initiative/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:52:02 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16200 From www.thv11.com. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 21, 2014) – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced on Tuesday the launch of a new school safety training initiative for school districts and law enforcement agencies to help educators and emergency responders better prepare for active threats on campuses. Agents with the Attorney General’s Special Investigations Division will offer […]

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From www.thv11.com.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 21, 2014) – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced on Tuesday the launch of a new school safety training initiative for school districts and law enforcement agencies to help educators and emergency responders better prepare for active threats on campuses.

Agents with the Attorney General’s Special Investigations Division will offer a number of specialized training courses, all at no cost to school employees and law enforcement officials, McDaniel said at a news conference at his office

“As a law enforcement official and as a father, it’s important to me that we do everything we can to make sure that our State’s children are safe while they are at school,” McDaniel said. “These training programs improve the safety of our children by instructing teachers, administrators and emergency responders about how to protect and save lives in the event of an active threat on campus.”

Special Agents Tony Allen and Jeremiah Terrell will offer several types of training based on a curriculum developed at Texas State University. School employees are taught how to “Avoid, Deny, and Defend” in active-shooter situations, meaning that participants learn to first attempt to avoid danger, then deny entry to a classroom or building, and ultimately, defend themselves if necessary.

Law enforcement officers will receive Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Techniques, or ALERRT, training. Those training programs focus on engagement with active shooters and on teaching first responders how to treat victims in the critical time before additional medical help arrives.

“Some private companies charge employers $500 per person to attend courses like these,” McDaniel said. “We are glad to be able to provide such critical and valuable training at no cost to educators and emergency responders.”

McDaniel thanked Rep. Andrea Lea, R-Russellville, who approached him last year with a proposal to add a school safety component to the role of the Special Investigations Division. Lea sponsored Act 228 of 2014, which enabled the Attorney General to hire two additional officers who will conduct the training courses.

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Youth Internet Safety: Risks, Responses, and Research Recommendations http://www.dare.org/youth-internet-safety-risks-responses-and-research-recommendations/ http://www.dare.org/youth-internet-safety-risks-responses-and-research-recommendations/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:40:24 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16197 From The Brookings Institution. As Internet use by children and teenagers increases, so do concerns about their online safety. Providing a safe environment requires an in-depth understanding of the types and prevalence of online risks young Internet users face, as well as the potential solutions for mitigating risks. Despite the significant amount of research on these […]

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From The Brookings Institution.

As Internet use by children and teenagers increases, so do concerns about their online safety. Providing a safe environment requires an in-depth understanding of the types and prevalence of online risks young Internet users face, as well as the potential solutions for mitigating risks.

Despite the significant amount of research on these risks, improving child/youth Internet safety remains a challenge. In part, this is because definitions of terms and categories relevant to online safety (such as “cyberbullying”) often vary, making the comparison of statistics and findings among sources imprecise. In addition, there are complex overlaps among different online safety subtopics.

Overall, these factors can make identifying the specific gaps in existing research and knowledge difficult. If these gaps can be better identified and filled, a data-based understanding of issues facing youth could play a key role in driving policy decisions regarding online safety.

In this paper, Adina Farrukh, Rebecca Sadwick and John Villasenor provide:

1. an overview of existing online safety research across a wide range of categories

2. an analysis of major findings

3. an identification of knowledge gaps, and

4. a set of recommendations for specific areas of research that can further the policy dialog regarding online safety

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