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Digital Threat Assessment (DTA) Training (ROE 54)

June 5 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm



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 across the nation. 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, along with strategies for dealing with online situations as they arise. All aspects of school safety now involve a social media or online component and we need to be prepared.

“Data Doesn’t Lie – Proper Assessment for Violence Potential in Our Schools”

Successful Violence Threat Risk Assessment can only occur if we have a solid understanding of all data needed to appropriately assess an individuals’ potential for violence. In 2017, 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. A large portion of the day will be spent doing hands-on searching exercises through the most current social media sites and applications. Updates will be as current as of the day of the training! Recent updates include: Snapchat location story search, Snapchat Snap Map, Impersonation/Fake Instagram accounts

Learning Outcomes:

• An understanding of current social media platforms – their use and misuse and associated risks, including:

– Current trends of youth behavior online and the risks and challenges associated with their use
– Detailed overviews of the most popular and least common (but  important) Apps being used
– How to practically access Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and others

• Identifying, Responding, and Preventing Cyberbullying and Online Hate

– Best practices on which forms and reports are most successful in contacting various social media companies to remove content posted online or in response to school safety issues
– Strategies on identifying behavior for what it is. The differences between cyberbullying, peer conflict, online hate and criminal behavior
– Current best practices for teams in dealing with sexting and sextortion related incidents as well as guidelines around education and awareness

• Utilizing social media and online verification tools for school safety

– Where to start an online search to find as much relevant content as possible in a timely manner before it disappears. E.g. a bomb threat, school lockdown, cyberbullying
– Verifying the authenticity of imagery, online and social data
– How to effectively establish a school, individual, and community digital behavioral baseline.
– Geolocation specific social media searches (GPS coordinate searching) – Drawing a geo fence over your school and monitoring the digital heartbeat of your community
– Screen capturing and documenting online content for both evidentiary and school safety purposes

• Application of Digital Threat Assessment Theoretical Foundations

– How the fundamental principles of Behavioral Threat Assessment apply to online digital data
– Dealing with online threat-related behaviors and anonymous threats
– How to effectively assess whether an individual poses a risk to a target based on information from the online world
– Introduction to Language/Handwriting analysis

• Guiding best practice and policy implications in this new digital world

– Use of personal vs. professional social media accounts
– Current case law, statues and school policy surrounding social media
– Staff Safety: Safeguards to protecting yourself and your personal information online

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Please bring…

You will need to bring along your fully charged Laptop, Macbook, Microsoft Surface or Google Chromebook in order to get the most from the hands-on portion of the training. Tablets are not compatible with some aspects of the training and searching capabilities are restricted with iPads. Your computer will need unrestricted Wi-Fi access – please test connectivity to a public network (e.g. Starbucks) before attending.


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Danville Area Community College
2000 East Main St.
Danville, IL 61832 United States
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