Speaking to your kids about violence is not the easiest. But it may help them in the long run because it may decrease the anxiety they feel.
Interestingly, one expert interviewed by Time.com said that there is actually something kids can proactively do. And that is – they can be aware of the signs that a potential killer might give off beforehand and let an adult know.
According to Peter Langman, author of Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, you can show kids what to watch for in a person who may become a threat.
The most basic warning sign of violence is a concept called “leakage,” Langman says.“People leak their intentions,” Langman explains. “Sometimes they just brag about what they’re going to do. They’ll say, right out, ‘I’m going to bring a gun to school and kill people.’ Other times, it’s more subtle. They might warn some of their friends not to be in school on a certain day, or [say], ‘Don’t go in the cafeteria at lunch on Monday.’”1
But that’s not all. There is even more you can do for your kids than just help them watch for danger signs in an individual.
Because now there are technologies that can actually help you and your kids communicate better in emergency situations – far better than texting or social media.
Mayday is that technology. It’s an app designed by special ops veterans that you and your kids can download right onto your cell phones.
Mayday will alert you and keep you in touch with your kids – even pinpointing right down to showing you their location. It’s one of the best ways to be prepared should the unthinkable happen.
In emergency situations, Mayday can help by:
- Immediately letting parents can know the location and condition of their children
- Sending a Mayday alert to all students and staff and allowing the administration to advise them to ignore any fire alarms and stay in their classrooms with the doors locked.
- Giving the head of campus security an immediate view of which classrooms have “checked-in” as safe/locked down and which were under attack/needed help.
- Alerting all other school buildings to be locked down also.
- Giving first responders a view/listen-in to wherever needed to assess the situation.
- Consolidating information into one place where it can be shared and processed by security and first responders instead of a scattered/disorganized social media response.
- Already having medical tools and training such as tourniquets in every classroom because of Mayday training.
- Instructing the administration to notify emergency services quickly.