Jul 18, 2016 6:35 PM

Identifying aggressive social media behavior may prevent violence, save lives

Online and social media images, stories, opinions and more flash across our computer screens and cell phones so fast that many people don’t even know what they’re actually processing.

Over the past two weeks, news has broken out on social media about the shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Platforms like Facebook Live provided front row seats to violent and graphic images. Messages of support and cries for unity also began to appear on social media. But there are messages that are on the opposite side of the spectrum as well, sparking violence and potential danger.

It’s important to monitor and recognize potential threats on social media as to minimize retaliations, fights and shootings. There are three different types of social media activities to look out for.

Low Risk: Posts that are mean or offensive in a general way that seem attention seeking or in promotion of a certain group.

Medium Risk: Posts that are likely to cause arguments, discussing or showing drugs, alcohol, cash, mobbing, crime and recruiting people to fight.

High Risk: Posts show easy access to weapons and include specific threats are dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

The number one rule when monitoring social media is to trust your intuition.

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