The safety of their children is always on the mind of a parent. Thinking of the tragic events that occurred recently at a Flordia school, many parents are asking themselves if there is anything that could be done to prevent it. 

Sgt. Craig Bird with the Estevan Police Service offers some advice for parents. 

"Some things to watch for is if you're monitoring your kids' social media posts, just to be aware of bullying issues and things that are out of the normal."

"If kids are being bullied or are bullying through social media, that should be addressed through the schools and if necessary, through the police so that we can prevent some of these things from happening."

"Depending on the type of language that they're posting on social media, might also be an indicator that there may be some other issues that are causing some problems."

He added that children who are normally social and often spend time with their friends and then suddenly stop going out and become withdrawn are other red flags to pay attention to.

"Changes in behaviour would be something to monitor as well. Not to say that that could lead to things that happened down in Flordia but there are always those little signs that may indicate that there is a problem that should be looked into."

Resources can be found online through the Envision Counselling and Support Centre website or through Estevan Police Service (306) 634-4767.

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