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
“https://www.channel3000.com/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
“https://bronx.news12.com/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
“https://www.nbc12.com/2021/11/11/hopewell-superintendent-addresses-next-steps-after-guns-found-schools-social-media-threat/”
– #2021–11–11 Maine East High School student facing charges for alleged threats, ‘hateful’ comments on social media
“https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/park-ridge/ct-prh-social-media-threats-tl–1118–20211111–7wwpot6yofc3hkpobh7mdytvcu-story.html”
– #2021–11–10 Helena schools, police prepared as social media threats target schools across the country
“https://www.ktvh.com/news/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
“https://www.mysuncoast.com/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
“https://wpde.com/news/local/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
“https://www.ksby.com/news/local-news/sheriff-no-threat-to-schools-from-vague-social-media-post”
– #2021–10–29 Social media trend leads to threats made at NorCal schools
“https://www.kcra.com/article/norcal-schools-social-media-trend-threats-made/38099339”
– #2021–10–25 Nationwide social media threat warning of school shootings hit several CNY districts; police say it’s not credible
“https://www.syracuse.com/schools/2021/10/nationwide-social-media-threat-warning-of-school-shootings-hit-several-cny-districts-police-say-its-not-credible.html”
– #2021–10–27 3 Savannah GA schools locked down after social media threat
“https://www.savannahnow.com/story/news/2021/10/27/savannah-chatham-georgia-schools-lockdown-social-media-threat/8564651002/”
– #2021–10–18 Four students at Peachtree Ridge High School facing charges after threatening social media posts
“cbs46.com](https://www.cbs46.com/news/four-students-at-peachtree-ridge-high-school-facing-charges-after-threatening-social-media-posts/article_24336e66–3033–11ec-aede–97973c7b12ee.html”
– #2021–11–01 Deputies: Juvenile responsible for social media threats against Colleton Co. schools taken into custody
“https://www.live5news.com/2021/11/01/2-colleton-county-schools-lockdown-after-weekend-threat-social-media/”

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