Gaggle Company Offers School Safety Solutions

For the upcoming school year 1,200 districts have partnered with the student “safety solutions” company Gaggle to provide safety management for students online. Gaggle is a program that can alert the school when a student is struggling with self-harm, cyberbullying, substance abuse, unhealthy relationships, and other credible threats. Gaggle reports…

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Facebook’s Global Safety Network Summit: Online Well-Being

A couple weeks ago, I attended Facebook’s annual Global Safety Network Summit in Washington, DC, to hang out with colleagues and long-time friends, and to make some new connections as well. Facebook first discussed the new safety initiatives they are implementing such as their outstanding new suicide prevention tools in…

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Tarentum man exposed himself to passing school kids

A 54-year-old Tarentum man was arrested Wednesday after several children told police they saw him standing naked at his window, pounding on the glass, as they walked to school. Gregory Costanzo, of East Ninth Avenue, faces charges of indecent exposure, open lewdness and related charges. According to his arrest papers,…

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School shooting threat leads to arrest

An after-school altercation allegedly led to a threat of a shooting at a Winnipeg high school and has resulted in one person in police custody. Seven Oaks School Division superintendent Brian O’Leary said West Kildonan Collegiate had a police presence on Tuesday, a day after alleged online threats were made…

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Why The New Rules On Baby Sleep Safety Matter

Written by Deena Blanchard MD, MPH. I’m a strong believer in evidence-based medicine, and we know we can take steps to keep our babies safe during their sleep. But one of my greatest fears as a mom is still sudden infant death syndrome, also known as SIDS. And while we’ve…

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Red Cross Apologizes For ‘Super Racist’ Pool Safety Poster

The American Red Cross has issued an official apology after one of its pool safety posters, which some are calling racist, was posted to social media. The poster in question aims to teach children how to follow the rules at a swimming pool. However, it appears to only label white children as…

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Teaching Snapchat Safety to Teens

In my last blog entry, I sought to help readers unfamiliar with Snapchat with a primer on its background, use, and notable features. While emphasizing that the vast majority of youth use the app in positive ways (based on our extensive anecdotal observations), there are some negatives that may arise…

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