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Internet Safety Speaker 10/15/18

The BHSPA and other PTOs of Bedford, specifically, BEST/PTO for the elementary schools and the Middle School Parent Association, as well as Bedford Youth and Family Services and the Public Schools, were very pleased to bring speaker Katie Greer to town.

 

During the morning and afternoon of October 15, 2018, in the Bedford schools, Katie spoke directly to the students during assemblies at JGMS (Gr. 6, 7, 8),  BHS (Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12), and Lane (Grades 4 & 5.)  There was a Parent Presentation at BHS Auditorium that night.   

 

HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTATION:

High school kids have seen it all and really are in the thick of creating online reputations, whether they know it or not. What they often don’t understand is that people besides their friends, such as colleges, law enforcement, principals, parents, and potential employers, may be looking in on these behaviors regularly. With everything today being chronicled on social media, it’s important that students this age fully understand where things go and how it can impact them today or 5-10 years down the line.

 

The High School presentation featured an interactive program that invited students to share their personal experiences as Katie shared hers, plus:

  • Social Networking
  • How your digital brand is being established, and who can see what
  • Who are you connecting with
  • Your life captured and shared instantly
  • College admissions
  • Social networking and employment
  • Sexting
    • Definition
    • Legal ramifications and long-term implications
    • Respect
    • Sexting coersion
  • Cyberbullying
    • Definition – cyberbullying versus conflict
    • Real life implications
    • Reporting best practices
  • Digital Tattoos:
    • What you send, share, or save stays there
    • How digital branding can go right or wrong
  • Apps
    • Latest apps/trends
    • What’s tracked, what can be saved or shared, and how it impacts you
    • Troublesome apps
  • Viral kindness
  • Q&A

Parent Chat

Our kids are doing WHAT? What can I do to protect them? Katie helped parents navigate the digital waters and let us know what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to our children and technology, and provided parents with proactive initiatives to keep kids safe.  Heather Thacore of BEST/PTO also discussed some of the benefits of the Bedford Promise movement to wait until at least 8th grade to give a child their own personal data device.  Here are items briefly covered during the parent program: 

  • Updates on the latest technology trends and dangers
    • Apps
    • Social networks
    • Device trends
    • Latest concerns
  • Social media:
    • What’s the latest?
    • Age limitations and restrictions
    • Rules and tracking
    • Privacy settings
    • Geo tracking
    • Who are kids connecting with
    • Social media for good
  • Digital Tattoos
    • Implications – good and bad – of chronicling our lives online
    • Teaching our kids to use latest tools responsibly
  • Interactive gaming: Tips for safe gaming
  • Case examples and real life implications
  • Cell phones/smartphones/devices:
    • Trends
    • Things to watch out for
    • Sexting
  • Cyberbullying laws and legislation: What do they mean? What are the implications? What’s coming up and how do we prepare?
  • Overview of what message Katie sends to students
  • Rules and regulations:
    • Proactive steps to make sure your kids are safety using technology
    • Tools to help you be prepared to help foster a positive online experience for your family
    • Suggested restrictions and rules
  • Bedford Promise
  • Q&A