How might we encourage our students to feel comfortable reporting suspicious, strange, or threatening online activity?
Let's face it, it has become the 'norm' for our school children to know how to safely exit buildings during a fire drill and how to "Stop, Drop, and Roll" Why is that? Simple - they practice it and a lot!
We need to design innovative ways in our classrooms and our communities to encourage our students to report any suspicious, strange, or threatening activity they may see online, and make it the new cultural norm. Students could earn badges as they go through a simulation to practice reporting suspicious behavior. The Des Moines Public School district is piloting a program where students can report suspicious activity anonymously though an app for their high school students, which may lead to financial reward if it leads to preventing or solving a crime.
At all levels, we need to give our students the level of comfort and confidence they need that if they do something out of the ordinary they will report it.