We are closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 to determine how best we can continue serving schools throughout Texas. With the growing number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) nationally, we have canceled all currently scheduled in-person trainings until further notice. AVAILABLE NOW: In an effort to continue providing Digital Threat Assessment training during this time, we have transitioned this in-person training to a virtual format. See the updated information below on how to register for one of these virtual trainings.
Digital Threat Assessment was developed through the need to keep pace with the ever-evolving technology challenges that face our students currently. 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. 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 identify online threat related behavior.
Real life case examples will be used from subject matter expert work across North America and a significant portion of the day will be spent conducting hands-on searching exercises through the most current social media sites and applications.
To support this effort, the Texas School Safety Center, in collaboration with Safer Schools Together (SST), will be offering no cost Digital Threat Assessment one-day virtual trainings. This training includes two steps:
Take the "Digital Threat Assessment" online course through the School Safety Learning Portal: This course will introduce key concepts of digital threat assessment and is a prerequisite to register for this virtual training.
School Safety Learning Portal
- Register for and attend a Virtual Digital Threat Assessment Training: After successfully completing the online course, each participant will be given a unique code that will enable them to register for this virtual training. *To register for the Virtual Digital Threat Assessment Virtual Training, individuals must follow the steps noted above.
- Digital footprint’s role in risk assessment for violence potential.
- Use of social media for public safety and emergency management.
- Capturing and documenting open source social media for data collection and information gathering purposes.
- Procedural recommendations for law enforcement and school administration.
- An understanding of current social media platforms and associated risks.
This training is open to Texas public ISDs, open-enrollment charter schools, junior colleges, school-based law enforcement, and state agencies that support schools. Due to limited space, vendors and contractors are not permitted to register for this training.
*Must attend entire virtual training to be eligible to receive 7 hours TCOLE Credit.
In order to receive TCOLE credit for this training each Texas Peace Officer and/or individual seeking TCOLE credit must do the following:
- Take the training on either a desktop, laptop or tablet with a camera. Cell phones are not permitted to be used for the training.
- Allow your webcam video feed to be active and monitored throughout the entire training, and you must be visible from the shoulders up.
- Be in an appropriate space free from distractions.
Please note that officers are not allowed to be driving while participating in the training.
A TxSSC facilitator will be monitoring attendance the entire training and will be making contact with any individual who is not present in the video. If you need to excuse yourself from the training, please private message your TxSSC facilitator during the training. The facilitator will be introduced at the beginning of class. Please understand that if the facilitator notes that you are not in attendance and has not heard from you after 15 minutes of not being in the video, you will be released from the training and no credit for the class will be given.
Business casual attire is requested.
All virtual trainings will be provided through the Zoom online meeting/webinar platform.
To pre-install the Zoom meeting/webinar software click Download Zoom Desktop Client for Meetings, or click the following link to watch a video tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting. Once you are registered and confirmed a direct Zoom link will be sent to you 1-2 days prior to the training date.
All times listed below are in the Central Time Zone.
To begin registration, select any date tile labeled "OPEN".
Must attend entire virtual training to be eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation.
For more information about Virtual Digital Threat Assessment Trainings, please contact Krista Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org.