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How to put mass shooting tragedies in perspective for kids

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting in the United States, one health specialist offers advice on how to ease children’s fears about acts of terror and violence. Consider the child’s age and emotional maturity when weighing the right time to discuss such tragedies, recommends Dr. Hannah Chow, a pediatrician at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. “The older they are, the quicker you should tell them. You want to get in front of any misinformation, as they may have already heard the news from another source,” she said in a Loyola news release.” (more)

Is There Any Way For Schools To Prevent Shootings?

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“Could anyone have stopped this? That’s one of the biggest questions for schools and educators as the nation takes in the facts of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., that has left 17 dead and 23 injured. While the U.S. remains a global outlier by far when it comes to mass shootings, and owns 42 percent of the world’s guns, the fact is that most schools in the country have taken steps to prepare for this kind of threat. Since the Columbine massacre in 1999, schools have changed the way they respond to both potential threats and actual attacks.” (more)

Creating a Safe Classroom Environment

Education World – Dr. Dusenbury

“Creating a classroom that is organized and that is characterized by mutual respect makes it a lot easier to teach effectively, and one of the most important things teachers can do to promote learning is to create classroom environments where students feel safe. If you’re using interactive approaches such as small groups and cooperative learning, it’s especially important to create a classroom where students feel safe asking questions and contributing to discussions..” (more)

3 tips for effective school-emergency communications

E-School News – Forrest Smith

“It’s no secret that Americans experienced more than our fair share of natural disasters in recent months. Wildfires razed entire neighborhoods in California. Hurricane Maria decimated entire regions of Puerto Rico. The event that impacted my world was Hurricane Harvey. The deadly storm dealt its mighty blow right as the new school year got underway.”(more)

The top 5 cybersecurity threats for schools

E-School News – Earl D. Lang

“You’d be hard-pressed today to find a school that doesn’t consider safety a high priority. We go to great lengths to keep those inside school walls safe, running drills and spreading awareness in case of threat. There’s one kind of threat schools often overlook when it comes to safety, however, and that’s cyber attack. Cybersecurity isn’t a new concern by any means—it’s just one that’s taken many schools quite a long time to develop a safety plan. With recent ransomware attacks like WannaCry and Petya, the potential theft and leakage of data, particularly confidential information, should be on the minds of all school leaders.”(more)