We all hope that our schools stay safe, and that violent crimes will not take place where we work and educate our students. But according to the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics, school violence is a serious problem in the United States. While school violence involving a firearm is a tragic recent example of school violence, school shootings comprise less than 1% of violence taking place in public schools. Much more common than school shootings are activities like bullying, assaults, and theft. The CDC reports that “homicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10 to 24 years, with the majority of these homicides from firearm violence.”
The best way to ensure a safe learning environment for students and faculty is to know the early warning signs for a violent individual. Those warning signs can include:
- Serious physical fighting with peers or family members.
- Severe destruction of property.
- A detailed plan (time, place, and method) to harm or kill others, particularly if the child has a history of aggression or has attempted to carry out threats in the past.
- Possession and/or use of firearms and other weapons.
Here are a couple of ways Cipafilter can be useful to find and track those early warning signs to keep your school secure.
Use Suspicious Search Terms for early warning signs
Cipafilter’s Suspicious Search Terms feature is great for monitoring ambiguously inappropriate search terms. Say you are worried about your students engaging in self harm. With Suspicious Search Terms, you have list words like “suicide” or “cutting” and flag users who search for those terms. Or say you are worried about a possible student or faculty member attempting to hurt others. Search terms like “weapon” or “violence” can be tracked and recorded for you to see. The Suspicious Search Terms feature also does not produce a Cipafilter block page for the user, meaning it is a discreet tool for logging your user’s activity without their knowledge.
Notifications are a great tool for receiving daily or weekly reports on your network for what your users’ traffic has been. With notifications, you can know if your students have looked at Pornography, tripped a Blacklist, or used an aforementioned Suspicious Search Term. We can also design Custom Reports to give you a report for the which flagged words were searched, or a list of the top users creating blacklist trips. Just reach out to us and we can create the report!
Contact Cipafilter Support
If you ever have an issue with tracking down suspicious activity on your network, don’t hesitate to reach out to Cipafilter Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 800 243 3729 ext. 300.