School Shooters Show Warning Signs

It’s certainly a tough subject, but school shootings are an unfortunate reality in the world today, and as such, they are extremely important to discuss.

A recent PBS Article titled “Secret Service study explores school shooter warning signs” goes into detail about a recent study from the Secret Service that came out which explores the numerous consistencies between various school shooters between 2008 and 2017.  We highly recommend reading it to help spread the word on how to identify possible shooters.

 

“These are not sudden, impulsive acts where a student suddenly gets disgruntled,” Lina Alathari, the center’s head, said in an Associated Press interview. “The majority of these incidents are preventable.”

 

Although there is a lot of valuable information in the article, there was one point that really stuck out to us as creators of the parental control app MMGuardian.

More than 75% of attackers initiated their attack after an incident with someone at school, and they were mostly between 7th and 12th grade.

According to the report, most students who committed attacks were teenagers who were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary issues at the school, and exhibited behavior that was concerning to others but was never reported to authorities.

Everyone knows that bullying can leave lifelong scars, although there are those who believe dealing with bullies is an important part of character development.  Regardless of your beliefs, this study shows how essential it is for parents to be involved in their children’s lives and to be on the lookout for bullying and other concerning behavior both from their own children and others’.

Hiding, Sad, Secluded, Outsider, Bullied

Most children have smartphones by the time they are in 7th grade, and as such, using parental controls to help keep on the lookout for concerning behavior is essential.  MMGuardian allows parents of children with Android phones to view all of their children’s SMS, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp messages so that they can keep a watchful eye on who their children are talking to and what they’re talking about.

However, not all parents have the time or desire to read every single one of their children’s messages, especially as they get older and desire more privacy.  These parents can benefit from MMGuardian’s Priority Alerts feature.  All SMS, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp messages that are sent and received will be scanned and if any concerning content is detected including bullying, violence, drugs, sexting, and suicide, the parent will immediately receive an alert on their phone informing them of the message.  This way, parents can have peace of mind knowing their child is protected while still respecting the child’s privacy.

MMGuardian also provides numerous other features such as controlling device and app usage, location retrieval, contact blocking, web filtering, and more!

To get started with MMGuardian and receive a 14-day free trial, click here.

Consider also joining our Facebook group “Tech-Savvy Parenting” to discuss raising kids in the 21st century with other parents.

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