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The Safe School Institute delivers all three levels of prevention to its constituents: primary, secondary, and tertiary. Our goal is to effectively adapt to the desires and needs of a given school at the time they request our services. Some may be interested in hearing more about signs and symptoms of violence and how students and teachers can prevent a dangerous situation; others may want to learn more about mental health risks, gun violence, or how to identify child abuse. We are committed to reaching our audience whenever they are able whether it be during school hours or outside of school hours, on campus or at a summer camp, service organization, or religious meeting. Whatever their needs are, the Safe School Institute is available at no cost to provide a customized format that addresses those needs.
Student Presentations Offered
Tip line – Educates students on the Crime Stoppers of Houston Tip Line, crime prevention, current trends in criminal activity, how to identify threats and potential dangers, and how to safely and anonymously report a tip to Crime Stoppers.
Animal Safety – Uses four video vignettes to discuss animal safety when approaching dogs, how to properly care for pets, spotting animal cruelty and how to respond to stray dogs.
be nice.® (Mental Health) – Elementary students learn how to be inclusive, accept their peers and themselves while practicing and reinforcing anti-bullying best practices. Middle and High School students learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety while destigmatizing mental illness. For all ages, through a four-part action plan, students are taught to notice those around them, invite change, challenge themselves and others to be kind and be empowered to take action. Follow up lessons are provided.
Cyber Safety/Cyberbullying – Teaches students how to respond appropriately when exposed to inappropriate content. Addresses dangers of posting terroristic threats, digital footprint, consequences of revealing personal information, grooming techniques used by predators and cyberbullying. Prevention tips are given to students to navigate the internet safely and to make better informed decisions online
Human Trafficking – Defines human trafficking and provides statistics and information on traffickers. A video depicting a high school student being lured is used to show the signs to be aware of and what students can do when they notice suspicious and concerning behaviors.
Prom Safety – Covers the inception of prom, healthy relationships, boundaries, consent, underage drinking, drugs, consequences and tips on keeping students and their friends safe on prom night.
Substance Use Prevention – Details why using drugs and drinking alcohol as an adolescent will critically affect brain development into adulthood. Topics covered: illicit drugs, marijuana, prescription medication, vaping and alcohol. A comprehensive list of laws, consequences and protective factors are provided.
Teen Dating and Sexual Misconduct – Clarifies what teen dating violence is, provides statistics, and explains the different forms of victimization within dating relationships. Students will learn what healthy versus unhealthy relationships look like and how to stop red flags before abuse occurs. A detailed definition of sexual misconduct helps students understand consent, coercion and harassment. Students are empowered to protect themselves, monitor their own behavior and seek help. Available protections on and off campus are emphasized such as Title IX and legal orders.
Parent Presentations Offered
be Nice. ® (Mental Health) * – Tackles how to navigate conversations with your child regarding mental health. This presentation educates parents on how to recognize and identify when your child is battling a mental illness. Provides statistics and crucial information that illuminates the rise in suicide and bullying amongst youth. Explains how to use a four-part action plan to notice changes in your child and respond appropriately.
Human Trafficking – The average age of a human trafficking victim is between 13-15. This presentation clarifies human trafficking, exposes traffickers, discusses victimization, reviews warning signs and addresses prevention. A video is used that depicts a student being lured by a trafficker to reinforce red flags and the grooming process. Safety tips are provided to aid in speaking with your children on this important topic.
Parents’ Guide to Cyber Safety – With children online more than ever, it is important that parents learn about current cyber trends, new apps and popular games. This presentation discusses predatory activity and victimization of children on the internet in conjunction with social media, live streaming, dating apps, gaming and online challenges. Learn how to monitor social media as well as what to watch for, safety settings, restrictions and parent monitoring software. *This presentation is not suitable for children
Substance Use Prevention – Did you know that human brains are not fully developed until our mid-20s? This presentation explains why many teens engage in high risk behavior such as drug use, vaping and drinking. Brain science is used to show why teens lack the ability to reason in comparison to adults. This presentation covers underage drinking, vaping, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, marijuana and related laws.
Teen Dating and Sexual Misconduct – Dating is on the minds of most teens. They can become easily victimized by false promise of relationships. This presentation discusses different types of victimization, healthy/unhealthy relationships, consent, coercion and boundaries. It simplifies related laws, how to protect yourself, encourages students to monitor their own behavior and seek help. Available protections on and off campus are emphasized such as Title IX and legal orders. Safety tips are provided to aid in speaking with your children on this important topic.
School Staff Training Offered
be Nice.® (Mental Health)* – Educators can be the first people who recognize when a child’s behavior is changing. This presentation educates school staff on how to spot and identify when a student is battling a mental illness, with an emphasis on depression and anxiety. Provides statistics and crucial information that illuminates the rise in suicide and bullying amongst youth. Through a four-part action plan, we will explain how to notice those around you, invite change, challenge yourself and other to be kind and empower yourself and others to take action.
Bullying Prevention – Discusses best practices on creating a bully-free climate, current laws, interventions, tips, and identifying/responding to bullying.
Educators’ Guide to Cyber Safety – Discusses the impact of the cyber world by reviewing the most used and most dangerous social media platforms, games, apps, and online challenges. Connections between the cyber world, students’ lives and mental well-being are addressed. Participants will see how sex traffickers and predators groom potential victims by using their insecurities and vulnerabilities. Resources are provided to aid student related cases.
Human Trafficking – The average age of a human trafficking victim is between 13-15. This presentation clarifies human trafficking, exposes traffickers, discusses victimization, reviews warning signs and addresses prevention. A video is used depicting a student being lured by a trafficker to reinforce red flags and the grooming process.
Reporting Disclosed and Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect – Signs and symptoms of all forms of child abuse are discussed, including neglect and human trafficking. Current laws are reviewed and resources provided on handling disclosures and required duties to respond.
Teen Dating Safety/Violence and Sexual Misconduct – Dating is on the minds of most teens. They can become easily victimized by false promise of relationships. This presentation discusses different types of relationships, explains the importance of setting goals and boundaries, reveals how to spot unhealthy behaviors, encourages students to take action when necessary and emphasizes protections through Title XI and legal orders. Consent and coercion are detailed along with related laws.