Hybrid Conference – The Role of Cyberspace in Terrorism and School Safety

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Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School


Neil Shortland, Ph.D., Director, Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Tyler Cote, Director of Operation250l Brian Leblanc, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Boston, Joint Terrorism Task Force; and Sarah Wheeldon, Threat Management and BAU Coordinator Boston Field Office, FBI


As schools face the critical issue of violence both online and offline, the need for effective, youth-focused prevention efforts has become increasingly more critical. Threats like terrorism, hate, and targeted violence present just some of the public health risks that need to be addressed.

This conference will explore how upstream prevention, particularly focused on online safety efforts, can play a critical role in protecting against these threats. Presenters will analyze efforts and strategies that have worked (and those that have not), review "lessons learned" from both a practical and research perspective, and most importantly, look at the role schools can play in these efforts. This conference will supply attendees with skills, strategies, and knowledge that will better equip them in their school safety practices.

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