See Something Say Something Making Our Mark on Safety and Violence Prevention

We have talked to every child in our district about the concept of "See Something - Say Something".

This is regarding how to protect themselves, their classmates, and the community to help prevent violence and threats.

As parents and guardians, we wanted you to know specifically what we have discussed so that you can use the information as you see fit to discuss with your children at home.

The information that follows was presented to upper elementary through middle school students; conversations were had with our younger students in an age-appropriate way.

Our goal was to help each and every child understand that he/she should report any behavior that makes him/her feel uneasy to a trusted adult.

We talked to our students about the importance of really looking for warning signs, signals, and threats.

Warning signs are thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that show significant change that an individual may be in need of help.

Warning signs are gestures or actions that can be concerning.

A threat is when a person communicates an intent to harm themselves or someone else.

We also talked about the role that social media plays in our world. Students could see things that concern them on social media, and they should then report these concerns to an adult they trust.

As a district, we help our children understand the difference between "Saying Something" (meant to protect themselves and others) and "Telling on Someone" (means to get someone in trouble).

Please consider reinforcing these concepts with your children.

We discussed when a child should act if they see a warning sign, signal, or threat - IMMEDIATELY.

Please consider reinforcing this concept with your child.

We also discussed the importance of immediately taking the information to an adult that they trust.

We stressed this could be an adult at school or at home.

Example of Trusted Adults

Please also consider discussing the concept of talking to an adult with your child.

One Way to Help Your Child With This Conversation . . .

In other words, if you wanted to talk to your children about how they could report something, the following steps could be discussed with them.

1. Stress the first thing a child can do is just talk to an adult about the situation. So it could look like this: "Mom, I need to talk to you about (the name of the individual)."

2. The second thing a child should do is to explain the situation to an adult. Explain how someone was threatened. Talk about what the child noticed that concerned him/her.

3. You as an adult can then relay the information to the proper people.

What is most important is that children feel comfortable sharing with adults information that concerns them. Please consider discussing with your child the concept of a "Difficult Conversation".

We stress that these conversations are just that - difficult. But, we have them because we care about people.

Please consider talking about this process with your children. For some children, bringing information to adults can be difficult. The more we engage our children in these conversations the better chance we have of making a difference.

As a district, and a community, we have made it important to discuss the "See Something - Say Something" message.

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Eric Hibbs

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