If your first instinct is fight, flight, or freeze, you’re not alone. The thought that your child could be harmed in any way, discriminated against, or treated unfairly threatens the safety of that which you hold most dear. Your body responds to feelings of threat with increased heart rate, shallow breathing, and decreased ability to think, reflect, regulate your mood, and empathize with others. It’s part of your survival instinct.

So, the first thing you should do when you hear about an incident is BAND: Breathe, Attention on your breath, Notice any feelings going through your body, and Direct your…

We are pleased to announce that Blair Underwood, actor and humanitarian, has joined us as DFA Spokesperson. With Blair’s support, we are raising $25K to help bring the Dignity for All curriculum into 1000 schools across the country — and we need you to join us! Hear what Blair has to say about bullying, and make a donation today. HURRY — deadline is March 30th!

Urban Tech is working with Ranger Studio in Argentina to create a cutting-edge animated music video to accompany our bullying prevention program, Dignity for All (DFA). The characters represent a diverse student body to connect with students across the nation. Scroll down to see a preview!

Urban Tech has partnered with Youth Opportunity, a network of 16 sites across four states with 627 residents. Youth Opportunity provides victimized and troubled young people with safe and supportive environments, treatment, therapy, and education as a trauma-informed alternative to a punitive justice system.

Urban Tech is currently piloting DFA at Youth Opportunity’s Center for Success & Independence — Roane Academy in Rockwood, TN. The Center is a residential treatment center that provides counseling, education, and medical services for neglected and adjudicated boys between the ages of 12 and 17 who have struggled in traditional classrooms. A test group of 10 residents has responded very positively to the program, and Youth Opportunity will expand the curriculum to all 60 residents on March 8th.

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

On February 12, Urban Tech celebrated the launch of Dignity for All (DFA), our bullying prevention program, at ACME in New York City. We were joined by cohosts Blair Underwood and Alicia Quarles and welcomed many celebrities and guests passionate about putting a stop to bullying in our nation’s schools, including Victor Cruz (NY Giants), Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Tom McCarthy (Academy Award-winning Director and Writer of Spotlight).

Music from DJ Hesta Prynn and themed craft cocktails contributed to a memorable evening full of passion for DFA, an innovative approach to end bullying and create safe and supportive communities in our nation’s schools.

Ten incredible artists generously granted the use of their work to create a collection of limited edition T-shirts to promote DFA’s mission. We have a few left — click here to purchase!

Increasing School Safety

Today, numerous school districts are responding to recent tragedies by increasing security measures, including the installation of perimeter fencing and security cameras, and the creation of single points of entry to ensure that only those authorized to be inside the school building are able to enter.

However, at the time of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida, the school already had a single point of entry system in place. …

This year, we honor David and Lisa Grain with the Urban Tech Corporate and Community Leadership award. We salute them for all they have done — and continue to do — for our children and our community.

David Grain is Managing Director and CEO of Grain Management. He brings over 25 years of experience in industry and 15 years in private equity. David founded Grain in 2007, having formerly worked as a Communications industry operator, private equity operating partner, and investment banking executive.

Prior to Grain, David served from 2002 to 2006 as President of Global Signal, Inc. (formerly NYSE…

Urban Tech’s bullying prevention program, Dignity for All, is based in the latest research on trauma-informed care and neurobiology. It takes into account the trauma that students have experienced in the past, and guides school communities toward the creation of safe and supportive learning environments for all.

There is no single definition of trauma, but the most commonly referenced definition comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

“Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that…

According to ISTE Standards, digital citizenship encompasses the safe, legal, and ethical use of technology. It’s a broad definition, and one that will likely continue to be defined over the next few years as technology becomes even more omnipresent.

Most organizations divide digital citizenship into nine categories, with variations in the content of each category. The first style follows the 9 P’s of Digital Citizenship:

1. Passwords: Understanding how to create a secure password, why email and banking passwords should differ from others, and how to store passwords safely.

2. Privacy: Knowing that critical pieces of information that can be…

We’ve all heard the term at some point, but we may not know exactly what it means. According to www.stopbullying.gov, cyberbullying includes any “bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets”.

But this still doesn’t provide a concrete definition of what’s actually happening. There are at least twelve distinct types of actions that fall under the category of cyberbullying:

  • Catfishing: Creating a false social media profile, usually in the context of a dating site or app, to trick people into committing to a relationship. This is sometimes used to trick the target into sending money.

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