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NIXON-SMILEY CISD SAFETY NEWSLETTER

DIRECTORS CORNER

Welcome to another edition of the #mustangSAFE newsletter. This month we look into a three-part series to help individuals outside of the school and for them to know what to do. We hit on the RUN aspect this month followed by HIDE and FIGHT in March and April. As you read this and think about school safety we can all learn from each other. I am asking you "Tell it like it is: your voice, your future". Please email me with any ideas or thoughts you have on school safety. You are on the front lines. What do you need from me? Email me at duffekm@nixonsmiley.net


Thank you for keeping our students #mustangSAFE

A Friendly Reminder

Whenever you enter a building as an employee, guest or customer, you must be prepared and know what it is you will do if faced with a worst-case scenario, even if it’s just another day at the office.

The Department of Public Safety says it’s a natural response to freeze up when startled by a gunshot, but that response may leave you vulnerable to what may come next. The three things to remember are: run, hide or fight, and act quickly. That can be the difference between life and death.

LETS TAKE A LOOK AT THE IDEA OF RUNNING

A three-part series of giving tips on the run, hide, fight aspect. This can be done anywhere you are at. The movies, mall, grocery store, restaurant, just about anywhere you go.


Let's look at the:


Run

If possible, the best reaction is to run if faced with an active shooter situation. If there’s a clear path, evacuate as quickly as possible. Be sure to:


· Evacuate regardless of what others have decided to do.

· If possible, don’t let anyone enter the area where the active shooter may be.

· Do not attempt to move any wounded people.


In these situations, you must decide for yourself whether it is best to evacuate or to hide. … If you do choose to run, commit to this action.

During an evacuation, keep in mind that police will be arriving to assist you and to evacuate the wounded, so keep your hands up and empty, and comply with any demands they may have.


· Utilize exits known to be safe and clear of danger.

· Once you’ve evacuated and are clear of danger, call 911 and provide any details you might be able to provide concerning the shooter and victims.

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CYBERBULLYING

Along with the rising use of technology and social media comes the continued threat of cyberbullying.


While recent data from the Centers for Disease Control suggests cyberbullying (or “electronic” bullying, as the study refers to it) has been on a slight decline from 2015 to 2017, it still poses a significant threat to adolescents and teens.


2016 study conducted by Dr. Justin Patchin and Dr. Sameer Hinduja surveyed a nationally-representative sample of 5,700 middle and high school students ages 12-17 from July through October. The results showed that the percentage of students who have experienced cyberbullying at some point in their lifetime has nearly doubled from 18 percent in 2007 to almost 34 percent in 2016.


The researchers asked students what kind of bullying they had endured and what kind of bullying they had done to someone else in the previous 30 days. Below are two charts of those findings.


The third chart shows the popularity of cell phones and other technologies allow students to use social media bot in school and at home, making cyberbullying an around-the-clock occurrence. Because of this, both parents and teachers can play an integral role in effectively addressing online safety issues.

Click on chart to view.

CYBERBULLYING PREVENTION TIPS

Here are more tips that can help control cyberbullying on your campus and keep your school safe:

· You should be familiar with your school's bullying policy. Since cyberbullying fits the traditional definition of bullying, your school's anti-bullying policies apply to cyberbullying.

· You should always report cyberbullying immediately. Teach your students to report cyberbullying immediately, as well.

· Always carefully preserve any evidence of cyberbullying, including text messages, voicemail messages, images, videos, web pages, and any other digital evidence.

· Recognize that students are sophisticated users of technology at a young age. Cyberbullying is not just a high school issue, it's common in middle school and late elementary school as well.

· If you become aware of cyberbullying and fail to report it, you, as well as your school, may become subject to lawsuits and other legal actions.

· Some actions like threats of violence and distribution of explicit images do more than just violate your school's bullying policy. They may also be against the law so don't hesitate to report potential criminal actions by carefully following your school's policy.

· Your school should also update its Acceptable Use Policy to prohibit cyberbullying from locations away from school.

TOP 25 WORST PASSWORDS OF 2018

Here are the worst passwords of 2018 compared to where they placed last year. It’s probably fair to say people find simple numerical strings to be the easiest to remember.


1. 123456 (Rank unchanged from last year)

2. password (Unchanged)

3. 123456789 (Up 3)

4. 12345678 (Down 1)

5. 12345 (Unchanged)

6. 111111 (New)

7. 1234567 (Up 1)

8. sunshine (New)

9. qwerty (Down 5)

10. iloveyou (Unchanged)

11. princess (New)

12. admin (Down 1)

13. welcome (Down 1)

14. 666666 (New)

15. abc123 (Unchanged)

16. football (Down 7)

17. 123123 (Unchanged)

18. monkey (Down 5)

19. 654321 (New)

20. !@#$%^&* (New)

21. charlie (New)

22. aa123456 (New)

23. donald (New)

24. password1 (New)

25. qwerty123 (New)

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HELPFUL HINTS WHEN CREATING PASSWORDS

SplashData offers three simple tips to be safer from hackers online:


1. Use passphrases of twelve characters or more with mixed types of characters.
2. Use a different password for each of your logins. That way, if a hacker gets access to one of them, they will not be able to use it to access other sites.
3. Protect your assets and personal identity by using a password manager to organize, generate secure random passwords, and automatically log into websites.


It’s time to take cybersecurity more seriously — think twice the next time you create a password.