The National Federation of State High School Associations, in collaboration with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, has developed an online education course titled “Protecting Students from Abuse.”

In an effort to assist schools in creating an enjoyable and safe environment for students, the course presents definitions of several types of abusive behaviors and misconduct, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse, and the ways in which someone can report these behaviors. The course also includes some “DOs and DON’Ts” for making a report.

The “Protecting Students from Abuse” course was developed from the training offered by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, whose vision is “to make sure that athletes are safe, supported and strengthened through sports.” The organization addresses bullying, harassment, hazing, as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse and misconduct in sport.

There are a multitude of free courses that are tailored for parents, as well as courses that are designed for the student.

The NFHSlearn.com site also has training for coaches, sports officials and school administrators that cover everything from concussions and first aid to national accreditations and certifications for Heads Up Football and sport-specific requirements.

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