Digital Threat Assessment was developed through the need to keep pace with the ever-evolving technology challenges that face our students currently. These challenges have entered the education domain with force and have overwhelmed school district staff throughout the world. The goal is to give attendees a stronger understanding of the current social media world, tools to be able to proactively identify student safety concerns, and provide strategies for dealing with online situations as they arise. All aspects of school safety and threats to schools now involve a social media or online component and we need to be prepared.

Successful threat and risk assessments can only occur if we have a solid understanding of all data needed to appropriately assess an individuals’ potential for violence. In 2020, an overall assessment of risk cannot be determined without looking at social media and online activity. It is imperative to understand the tools and methods available to you to identify online threat related behavior. Real life case examples will be used from our subject matter expert work across North America and a significant portion of the day will be spent doing hands-on searching exercises through the most current social media sites and applications.


One of the most common Digital Threats we are assisting on: A post on Snapchat saying there is going to be a school shooting. What are your next steps…..?

You will leave this training with a better understanding of how to deal with this!

Learning Outcomes:

Current State of Affairs in Social Media: A Safe Schools Perspective
  • What we are seeing from a provincial, national, North American lens
  • How social media continues to impact school safety, culture and climate of our schools
  • How to crowd source localized and time relevant social media posts from your school and area
  • Mental health and social media: linkage?
  • Tools for emergency management: Social media data collection in critical time periods
  • Where to start looking to find as much relevant content as possible before it disappears. For example – a bomb threat, school lockdown, school shooting threat
  • Working with Law enforcement in contacting social media companies to obtain critical information during exigent (i.e. articulable life/death) circumstances.
Application of Digital Threat Assessment Theoretical Foundations
  • How the fundamental principles of Behavioral Threat Assessment apply to online
  • How to effectively assess whether an individual poses a risk to a target based on information from the online world
Current social media platforms – their use and misuse and associated risks
  • Detailed overviews of the most popular and least common (but important) Apps
  • Live walkthroughs and hands on activities
  • Snapchat evolution: basics and advanced
  • Instagram: hashtags, best practices and location based searching
  • Identifying, responding and preventing cyberbullying and online hate
  • Impersonation and defamation accounts: best practice for removal
  • Current best practices for teams dealing with sexting and sextortion related incidents as well as guidelines around education and awareness
Online verification and authentication of images
  • Using free online tools to ascertain whether a photo/image is unique or stock
  • Exercises that will test your eyes to notice the small details within online photographs
  • Screen capturing and documenting online content for both evidentiary and school safety purposes
The vast data landscape from smartphones, search engines and social media
  • Tracking capabilities and data stored
  • Examining metadata of photographs
  • Best practices for documenting and preserving important digital
  • Boolean search operators, cache data and google alerts
  • Don’t use your personal accounts!! Solutions and best practices
  • Facebook privacy checkup: implications and fundamentals
  • Staff safety: things to know
  • Safeguards to protecting yourself and your family’s personal information

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled trainings and your district would like to host an in-house training please contact us direct at and we will be happy to discuss your options and provide a proposal.


The DTA training curriculum offered by Safer Schools Together is second to none.  On principle, it is focused on training the user to become the expert, rather than pushing a software or support package.  The result is an immediate and confident application of the skills and a direct impact on student safety.  From a cost/benefit perspective, I would consider it foolish to not take advantage of what they are offering.

Officer Will Chapman, SRO

Officer Will Chapman, SRO Founder, Chapman School Safety

By far the Digital Threat Assessment training with the SST team was the best I have been to.  Real-world applications for helping to keep the kids safe from themselves and others when using social media.  Highly recommended!!

Michael Sedor, Dean of Students

Michael Sedor, Dean of Students Brooks Middle School

This training was exceptional! The trainers were experts in their field who answered all questions asked of them. They were kind and patient with everyone on the zoom training. I would recommend this training to all security, administrators, and police officers!

Alyson Baber, Security Coordinator

Alyson Baber, Security Coordinator Montgomery County Public Schools

This was hands down, one of the best trainings I have attended in my 24 years as a law enforcement officer.  The material was very relevant to what I am dealing with in my schools as an SRO and would love to see more training like this in the future!

Joy Davis, School Resource Officer

Joy Davis, School Resource Officer City of Edwardsville Police Department

The Digital Threat Assessment Training provided by Safer Schools Together was incredibly informative and helpful to me as an administrator in understanding new online trends among teens, along with search tools available at my disposal to take a preventative approach to threat management.

Katie Wood, Dean of Students

Katie Wood, Dean of Students West Aurora High School

I’ve been with MCPS security for over 12 years and have many other years in other security-related fields and this was the best 8 hours spent at any training that I have ever received. So many topics that we learned today will help us with investigations and putting out fires before they begin. Cannot thank Safer Schools Together enough for all of the amazing and real-life knowledge that they shared. There is no doubt that Safer Schools Together has helped so many students, staff, and families in so many different ways.

Joe Tehaan, Security Assistant

Joe Tehaan, Security Assistant Montgomery County

I love SST’s trainings! I walk away from each with the ability to plan and implement ideas and strategies for our district team.

Donna Barner, District Coordinator of Student Support Services

Donna Barner, District Coordinator of Student Support Services Fraser Cascade School District #78

I was deeply impressed by the depth, breadth, and scope of the information shared.  The presenters were outstanding!  I highly recommend this training!

Dr. Jeffrey Lannan, Counsellor

Dr. Jeffrey Lannan, Counsellor St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary School

This was the most informative training I have attended on Threat Assessment, Social Media, and student’s online use.  The presenters were absolutely amazing and did a great job of speaking to an audience with a wide range of knowledge and experience. Thank you so much and I look forward to the upcoming trainings!

Sheila Kembel, Regional School Safety Program Manager

Sheila Kembel, Regional School Safety Program Manager Puget Sound Educational Service District

I feel that SST did a great job with the Digital Threat Assessment class. The course material was very informative and well presented by the instructors. The information I learned from this class will definitely enable me to perform my investigative duties at a higher level.

Raymond Croze, Corporal

Raymond Croze, Corporal Clearwater Police Department

This was literally the best school training I have ever had.  Everyone in charge of school safety needs this training.

Rich Transon, Dean of Students

Rich Transon, Dean of Students Brooks Middle School

Overall training was detailed and extremely informative. The trainer had a wealth of knowledge that not only pertained to our educational system but also to the law enforcement community. I would highly recommend all SRO’s to attend training by Safer Schools Together.

Kourtney Nemec, School Resource Officer

Kourtney Nemec, School Resource Officer Antioch High School

As a Community and School Resource Officer, I was in awe of the information this training presented. Social media is not an option, it is the way our students and youth communicate on a daily basis. Within two weeks of taking the Digital Threat Assessment training from Safer Schools Together, four students walked into the office at one of my schools to report that their friend was contemplating suicide. During the initial interview with them, I was able to utilize Snapchat’s new SnapMap feature to quickly locate the student on a map in real-time. Previous to the training, I didn’t know that there was such a tool that would allow us this opportunity. I believe that a student is alive right now due to the courage of the four students and the quick use of available open-source social media. This is a MUST have training for school districts and any law enforcement who deal with youth. This training WILL save lives!!

Police Officer

Police Officer

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