For the past 5 years Soteria Intelligence has focused on researching social media threats of all types, especially those aimed at schools, and the trajectory is alarming to say the least. In 2016 schools will receive more social media threats than ever before, but unfortunately most are not prepared for what the future has in store.
According to our research, the number of social media threats against schools nearly doubled between 2014 and 2015, and they’re on track to double again in 2016. Of the threats that have been made, many were posted on either Facebook or Twitter and a large number were aimed at high schools.
Looking at data provided by Google Trends, it becomes clear that school threats are on the rise resulting in online buzz and a drastic increase in searches related to school threats. The below image is a good example of how searches for “school threats” have increased since 2013 when social media threats became a serious problem. And going into 2016, school threats have literally skyrocketed.
In January 2016 alone, we have researched over 50 threats against schools throughout the United States to compile data and better understand threats made in the future. Our findings indicate that there will likely be over 500 social media threats against schools in 2016 with some being credible, imminent threats that result in loss of life.
To combat the rise in social media threats and help protect schools, Soteria Intelligence launched a social media threat monitoring pilot program that’s available for select schools around the country before rolling out across the U.S. For more information, including press/media inquiries, CONTACT US today.