BESAFE IN CYBERSPACE
Educators need to be aware of the dangers that social media and technology use bring to themselves and their students.
Preventing students from posting inappropriate comments or photos online takes more than a quick mention or simple suggestion. Students need to understand the depth of social and legal consequences that could occur if they engage in irresponsible online behavior. Educators can be a positive influence on their students only if they understand what students are involved in online.
Teenagers believe that they are invincible, and they will live forever. What they don’t realize is that the photo they take on a whim could very well outlast them and spread to more places than they could imagine. Using Social Media irresponsibly could lead to losing a scholarship or not being selected for a job.
Educators and other school staff do not realize the true danger of becoming a “friend” to their students, especially online and through other electronic means. 35% of inappropriate school employee student relationships start on social media and 55% start through text message.
"We can’t stop students from using the internet, sexting and cyberbullying, but we can bring awareness and a realization that doing these things could ruin their future."
• Identify modern trends on social media that our students are involved in.
• Engage with students to better educate them about online activity and prepare them for the future online.
• Understand real-world stories of social media posts that caused suspensions, being expelled, losing scholarships, etc.
• Remove key information and connections from social media to keep yourself safe from the risks of relationships with students outside of the classroom.
• Understand law behind sexting & cyberbullying for students and educators.
• Recognize character assassination apps, predator apps, and other modern apps students are using for nefarious purposes or that are being used to manipulate students.
“Mark came out to our campus and did one of his phenomenal assemblies on the dangers of social media. The assembly was well received by our students and staff, most likely because the information was timely, pertinent, and well presented. If you are looking for an interesting, impactful means of informing your students and staff about the liabilities of social media, I give Mark Seguin and TBG Solutions my highest recommendation."