Internet Safety Speaker 10/15/18

During the day, in the Bedford schools, there will be Internet Safety Assemblies as follows:


JGMS (Gr. 6, 7, 8) - 7:50 - 8:35 AM; 8:50 - 9:35 AM

BHS (Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12) - see this schedule for the modified school day including the Safety Assemblies:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kwlY-JITNb64Ca1btNHKXIZOYhgKMMjJ

IMPORTANT: To accomodate the scheduling of the Safety Presentation at the other schools, BHS has to modify the 10/15 school schedule. Flex Block will not be in the morning. Instead, it will be moved to the lunch block.  Therefore, all BHS students, including seniors, must come to school at the start of the day on Monday, 10/15. 

Lane (Grades 4 & 5) -  1:45 - 2:30 PM

Parent Presentation at BHS Auditorium: 7:00 - 8:30 PM   



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 features an interactive program that invites students to share their personal experiences as Katie shares 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: Time permitting, Katie invites questions from students

Parent Chat

Our kids are doing WHAT? What can I do to protect them? Katie will help you navigate the digital waters and let you know what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to your children and technology, and provides parents with proactive initiatives to keep kids safe.  She will also discuss 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.


The following is an example of what is covered during this session:

  • 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: Parents are encouraged to asked questions throughout, and the program will end with an open forum allowing parents more time to ask specific questions