School Districts Struggling to Cope with Rise of Social Media Threats Cybertraps 96

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– Show Notes
– Social media and digital communication threats are a rising problem
– Every threat has to be taken seriously
– Incredibly disruptive
– Warning notices to parents – upsetting
– Lockdowns
– School closures / switch to remote learning
– Myriad vectors
– Email
– Text messages
– Social media apps
– Snapchat
– TikTok
– Instagram
– WhatsApp
– Facebook
– What Can Schools Do to Address the Problem?
– Short-Term
– Incident response plan
– Assessment of severity of threat (err on side of caution)
– Notification to the school community
– Cooperation with law enforcement to identify source
– Every incident is a teachable moment
– Spiderman – “With great power comes great responsibility”
– Long-Term
– Role of parents
– Cybersecurity measures
– Monitoring of social media
– Balancing resources and student privacy
– Creating a culture of awareness among students and staff
– Reluctance to get involved?
– Concern about being a “snitch”
– Relationship with law enforcement, including FBI
– Investigations
– Selfie-incrimination
– Mistaken belief in anonymity
– Digital investigations
– Computer forensics
– Penalties are serious
– Resources
– #2021–11–12 Photos from Oregon students’ social media pages taken, uploaded on site with ‘highly inappropriate content,’ district says
– #2021–11–12 Ossining High School switches to full remote learning following social media threat
– #2021–11–11 Hopewell superintendent addresses next steps after guns found in schools, social media threat
– #2021–11–11 Maine East High School student facing charges for alleged threats, ‘hateful’ comments on social media
– #2021–11–10 Helena schools, police prepared as social media threats target schools across the country
– #2021–11–10 1 person arrested after social media threat made against Braden River High School
– #2021–11–03 Parents Panic over unfounded social media rumor of planned Florence school shooting
– #2021–11–01 Sheriff: No threat to schools from vague social media post
– #2021–10–29 Social media trend leads to threats made at NorCal schools
– #2021–10–25 Nationwide social media threat warning of school shootings hit several CNY districts; police say it’s not credible
– #2021–10–27 3 Savannah GA schools locked down after social media threat
– #2021–10–18 Four students at Peachtree Ridge High School facing charges after threatening social media posts
– #2021–11–01 Deputies: Juvenile responsible for social media threats against Colleton Co. schools taken into custody

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