Over the holidays, children across the country received high-tech gifts ranging from cell phones to tablets to gaming devices. For many of these kids, life without an electronic device is inconceivable. A recent study of students in grades 3-12 revealed that 83 percent of middle schoolers have a mobile device and by middle school, 90 percent of students say that they can use their cell phones to text message and to access the Internet.
While this kind of access has many advantages, it also presents significant risks and dangers for kids. Parents can try to be vigilant and monitor their kids’ activities and social media interactions, but parents can only do so much. Children in the digital age are much harder to protect and/or police. Only through education can kids learn how to protect themselves and navigate responsibly online.
James Munton’s CyberSense school assembly program teaches kids to students to be aware of the risks of sharing personal information online and to “think before they click.” With important information on cyberbullying, identity theft, and inappropriate online interactions, James engages and informs students in a fun, interactive presentation. For more information on the program, click here.
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