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TikTok threats like the cold December 17 shooting challenge can be handled in three ways, psychologist says

PARENTs across the country are concerned after warnings were issued this week about a TikTok challenge that threatened violence against schools on December 17.

The origin of the challenge is still unclear, but it is believed to be develop on threats of violence including bomb and shooting threats, prompting many schools to increase security on their campuses on Friday.

Forensic and clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Arizona, Dr. Joel Dvoskin

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Forensic and clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Arizona, Dr. Joel DvoskinCredit: Georgetown University
A warning has been issued about a TikTok challenge that threatens violence against schools

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A warning has been issued about a TikTok challenge that threatens violence against schoolsCredit: AFP

While warning not come true, it is important to be alert to potential threats in schools and workplaces, as they are increasingly becoming targets for abusers.

In an exclusive interview with The US Sun, forensic and clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Arizona, Dr. Joel Dvoskin explains three different ways to deal with threats from schools.

TRAINING

“All organizations – schools, corporations – should have strategies in place to deal with threats around the workplace,” says Dr. Dvoskin.

Dr. Dvoskin recommends identifying some of the people in your facility and training them further on how to recognize threats, how to decide

non-occurrence, its severity, duration and likelihood, and how to decide what steps would make sense to reduce the likelihood of harm.

“If a child threatens a teacher and the teacher decides if it’s serious or not, then that teacher just becomes a threat assessor and they have no training in threat assessment,” he said. Dr. Dvoskin said.

“On the other hand, if the teacher can refer it to the administration, that person can turn to a group of people who have been trained to assess the threat, and the first thing they do is ask a lot of questions. ask.

“What exactly did he say? Who heard it? Are you sure it was said? Did he say anything to anyone else? Did they have any other trouble? What do you know of the person? there?”

LEARN TO RECEIVE BABY

The second way to deal with potential danger is by learning to recognize the threat.

Dr Dvoskin told the US Sun that schools should teach both students and teachers how to identify threatening behavior and report it.

He adds that it’s important to make it easy for you to report a person or situation that could be threatened.

PLEASE HELP RED

Finally, when dealing with a potential threat, it is important to be helpful in handling the situation.

“The hypothetical response to people who frighten others would be very helpful,” says Dr. Dvoskin.

“So if someone is scaring someone else because they’re in trouble, maybe we should ask them for help rather than suspending or deporting them or making their lives even worse.”

The goal of these, experts say, is to identify people in trouble and scary situations as early as possible, “and then have a system in place to make decisions about what needs to be done.” or not.”

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