Each year I visit classrooms, when invited, to discuss Internet Safety and student Digital Footprints. The last few years the entire grade level has participated as a class. I have formed a panel that include teachers, guidance, school resource officer and a member of the Worcester District Attorney's Office, Ellen Miller. The focus of the presentation on Friday, Sepember 23rd will be to share with students the good, the bad and the ugly of using the internet and social media. I will be presenting this month for the class of 2020. The incoming freshman class not only have access to technology but now bring chromebooks, as we migrate to a 1:1 school. There are so many great ways students are using technology, but as we all know, students need to be guided and made aware of their choices and consequences when using technology.
Instead of lecturing students I have been using current events to discuss and start a dialog about what is being posted online is permanent. Once of the articles I have used with classes was featured in the Boston Globe (Six Ways Social Media Can Ruin your Life) a few years ago and I found this to be an excellent teachable moment for students.
Presentation Link - in Prezi
- Local HS - Snapchat
- Social Media and Addiction
- Google Online Safety Roadshow (videos) and Google Safety Center
Closing thoughts, this session should not be a one time discussion. It should be ongoing with your family, teachers and school.