School Security Expert Gives Advice on how Parents Can Create Safer Campuses

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Steve Kaufer of HowtoProtect.com says the primary responsibility for safety and security on school campuses falls to the school district, but parents can have a positive impact on making schools safer for their children.

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In light of the recent school shootings across the country, school security expert and founder of http://www.HowtoProtect.com Steve Kaufer offers advice and information to parents.

“Sending your child to school is not a spectator sport,” he says. “Parents can and should have an active role in making schools safer.”

Kaufer says the primary responsibility to create and maintain a safe and secure school campus belongs to the school district. It must ensure that the proper policies and procedures are in place to reduce the potential for an incident like those that have occurred in the last week across the United States. Each school must assess their potential threats and put the needed countermeasures in place.

To supplement the steps taken by a school, parents should also be involved. “Many schools encourage parent volunteers to help monitor students at lunch and during passing periods. This is a great opportunity for parents to interact with students and staff, and gain an understanding of issues of concern.” says Kaufer. Parents can also talk with administrators to learn what steps are being taken for school security.

Talking with your child is also very important. Many planned incidents of serious school violence have been averted because fellow students learned of the plan and told an adult. Parents should help their child understand why it is important that they report rumors and facts to them or to a school official.

Research has shown that children that may act out violently at school don’t fit a profile, but there are recognizable signs that warrant further investigation. Changes in typical behavior, such as becoming withdrawn socially, talking of other acts of violence, dark writings or art, and becoming the subject of new or intensified bullying by others can signal stress that could lead to violence. Not one or even all of these behaviors means a child will cause serious harm to others, but does signal a need for intervention by an adult.

The good news is that rarely is an incident unplanned. “A person that acts out violently doesn’t just snap” says Kaufer, “they plan their attack, which gives those around the person time to see behavioral changes and take appropriate action.”

For additional information contact Steve Kaufer, CPP, CSC at (760) 322-9097 or http://www.HowtoProtect.com.

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