Sandy Hook Promise launches digital version of “Say Something” initiative
Published 11:59 am, Wednesday, September 13, 2017
NEWTOWN - A nonprofit formed by parents whose children died in the Sandy Hook massacre has developed a digital program to augment its school-based initiative that teaches students to recognize warning signs of violence and tell a trusted adult.
The digital program developed by Sandy Hook Promise and an educational technology company called Everfi will be offered free to schools in the fall as part of the nonprofit’s “Say Something” initiative, according to a release.
“[I]t is critical that we build an inclusive culture that encourages ‘upstanders,’ not bystanders,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and the mother of a first-grader who was slain in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. “[S]chools across the country have reported that after implementing our Know the Signs programs, students have created a more inclusive community (and) don’t hesitate to speak up when something is amiss.”
The goal of the digital program is to help students recognize signs of potential violent threats, and to take appropriate action immediately, the release said.
“This ... will allow students to navigate multiple virtual scenarios, evaluate warning signs and threats, and reflect on their decisions,” Hockley said in a prepared statement.