According to the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBS) four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. The survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that includes national, state, and local school-based representative samples of 9th through 12th grade students. The purpose is to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in the United States.

To help identify and support at-risk students during school hours, schools are using eSafety software tools such as NetSupport DNA. It contains multi-language keyword monitoring features to flag students copying, searching for or typing any concerning keyword, allowing them to approach the student or hold assemblies to discuss the topic. The toolkit also allows students to report their concerns to a trusted member of staff, as well as internet metering and webcam blocking – helps create a safe learning environment. The new contextual intelligence-based risk index within NetSupport DNA also provides a risk index number against an eSafety event based on the context and history of a student’s activities:

  • the devices used
  • time of day
  • websites visited
  • historical incidences

A high-risk index could result if a child has repeatedly researched a concerning topic (e.g. suicide) out of hours, in an unmonitored setting such as the library – helping school counselors to identify and prioritize more serious and urgent issues.

Click here to view all the tools in the eSafety/Safeguarding toolkit.