Keeping our kids safe in a digital age
July 9, 2021
Penn State's PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) system supports programs for middle school students and their families in participating school districts across Pennsylvania that are designed to build strong family connections, help students to handle peer pressure, and avoid risky behaviors.
During their annual statewide meeting on June 14, PROSPER leaders provided training via Zoom for PROSPER team members and the general public on how to keep our youth safe in a digital age. Video recordings of the event and the accompanying PowerPoint presentations are provided below.
Child Internet Safety – How can we help our children be cyber smart?
Presenters: Kyle Crain and Andy Bowen, Penn State Office of Information Security
This presentation provides an overview of the potential dangers of online activities and approaches to talking with children and monitoring their online activities. Topics addressed include privacy and oversharing, bullying, knowing who you're really talking with online, illegal file sharing, the "dark web" and more.
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Digital Citizenship Activities for Middle and High School Quick Digital Citizenship Activities for Middle and High School Distance Learning | Common Sense Education
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Digital Citizenship and Online Safety: SocialMedia Test Drive Overview
Presenter: Angela Smith, Penn State Extension, Pike County 4H
Learn about helpful tools for parents and educators wanting to protect and teach children about digital citizenship.
Social Media TestDrive Simulates realistic digital dilemmas and scenarios that young people may encounter as they enter the social media world
Common Sense Media Age-based media reviews for families
Commonsense Education Provides a free digital citizenship curriculum and ratings of educational technology
Factitious Quiz Can you spot the "fake news?"
Mental Health First Aid
Presenter: Matt Crutchman, Penn State Extension
Learn about Youth Mental Health First Aid by taking this training through Penn State Extension. Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. Participants learn how to help those in a mental health crisis find the help and care they need.
School-based Approaches to Mental Health Support
Presenter: Nicole Wells, Penn State EPIS (Evidence-based Prevention and Implementation Support)
Learn about evidence-based programs for schools designed to promote youth mental health. For specific program recommendations for your school district based upon your students' needs, contact EPIS at firstname.lastname@example.org.