Defend Our Children works towards providing Safe Space Desks to Schools and enhancing school safety procedures to reduce the risk of school shootings, sexual harassment, and bullying.
OUR CAUSES & WORK.
We use “crowd fundraising” to ask the public for support for our cause. That support directly goes to equipping schools across the United States with Safe Space Desks. The Safe Space Desks provide instant access to safety the moment a student senses a threat, injury or loss of life, bullying, sexual harassment, or tornado-producing weather. The Safe Space Desk acts as a shield until first responders can get to the classroom.
Safe Space Desks are the next generation of school desks. This desk is the first safety desk of its kind that provides instant access to safety during the event of imminent danger. The desks are a safe space for children if they face things such as school shootings, bullying, sexual assault, school violence, and tornado-producing weather. These desks have unlimited opportunities for further development and technology integration. Available 2021. Schools sign up today to be considered for free desks.
ACTIVE AND ONGOING CASE STUDY WORK
We work directly with school administration, safety agencies, and first responders to systematically break down the actions taken in the event of school alarms such as fire alarms, weather alarms, and active shooter alarms. We team up with local and national agencies to run scenarios and continuously collect data.
ENHANCING CURRENT SCHOOL PROCEDURES
Upon completion of case studies, we will propose solutions, test and improve procedures. Procedures vary by region and may be school-specific. We are driven to improve the educational environment for the best and provide instant access to safety for children in the classroom. We plan to publish this information for national use.
DISCOURAGING SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND BULLYING
The educational environment is not a place to fear or to be bullied. Bullying has long-term major risk factors for poor physical and mental health and reduced adaptation to adult roles including forming lasting relationships, integrating into work, and economic independence. By providing a safe space for the student to find safety, then the student will have a predetermined safe zone to seek refuge from an unsafe event. We believe feeling safe and being secure in school truly leads to a better education experience.
DETERRING SEXUAL HARASSMENT
From depression to high blood pressure, victims of sexual harassment often experience emotional and physical symptoms for years to come and commonly lead to heart problems. Our case studies and procedural improvement work helps deter these events from occurring in the educational environment. The Safe Space Desk will allow students a safe space in classrooms to seek safety during their moments of crisis.