Friday, January 25, 2013

Being Safe Online

A top officer in a nonprofit foundation that educates families on how to make online experiences safe and responsible told about 100 parents and community residents Jan. 23 that one of the best ways to protect youth is to talk to them openly and honestly – and whenever possible.

But parents should educate themselves about the Internet, too.

“Home-grown communication and collaboration is the way to go,” i-Safe Chief Strategy Officer Jonathan King said during a district meeting on social media and technology held in the Board Meeting Room of the Wayne F. Schaper Leadership Center.

During an hour-long session, King talked about the positives of modern technology and the need to understand the potential hazards and consequences of online harassment and bullying, as well as other troubling trends in social media and online communication.

A former FBI special agent in the cyber crimes division, King is responsible for the development of all technology and materials at the nonprofit foundation. The i-Safe curriculum is now used in SBISD libraries and classrooms.

“We want to educate and empower students to be safe online, and Spring Branch ISD is a leader in promoting progressive and innovative use of technology,” he said. SBISD is working to be an area leader in online safety and education efforts, too, he said.

King’s remarks were broadcast online live for those unable to attend the meeting in person.  To view his presentation, click here.


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