The majority of recent school attacks have had precursors leaked online in the form of social media posts. Knowing how, when, and where to look for this information is crucial to the process of behavioral threat assessment that have a digital or online component to the threat. The 2019, U.S. Secret Service report, Protecting America’s Schools, states that a majority of school attackers displayed concerning behaviors online prior to the incident.
To successfully determine an individual’s potential for violence, it is imperative that all available data, including social media and online activity, be reviewed and assessed by the behavioral threat assessment team. However, this may prove challenging given the constant changes to technology, the internet, and social media apps.
This toolkit will introduce you to major social media platforms, video games, and relevant trends that are revealing of both positive and negative student interactions. Becoming more familiar with this content will allow you to better recognize and respond to digital threats and related concerning behaviors.