Internet Safety Presentation (Parents Only Session) – February 23rd
At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23rd, SMSA is pleased to host a special live/in-person parents/adults-only program, “The Dark Side of Cyberspace: the Internet, Smart Phones, and Social Media.” Mr. Eric Szatkowski shall present to all high school students during the school day.
Mr. Szatkowski emphasizes that while digital technology offers a world of communication, education and entertainment options for our youth, it also has increasingly dangerous elements that places our teens at risk. Parents interested in the online safety and well-being of our children while using their phones, tablets or gaming systems will learn from specific examples of how predators have used multiple platforms and devices to take advantage of vulnerable kids. Ideas on how to help prevent our Ledgers from being hurt and how to respond when something happens will be shared.
Topics include the latest on potential dangers of social networking sites and apps, decoy apps as well as disturbing trends of sexting, cyber bullying and webcam exploitation.
Eric Szatkowski has been a guest on the Tyra Banks Show in Los Angeles, and CNN Tonight in New York City. Eric has also appeared on “Living Our Faith” with then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan, The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio, and has been interviewed by countless newspapers, radio and television stations across Wisconsin and the Midwest. Some of Eric’s cases have been featured in national media outlets including Cold Case Files with Bill Kurtis, People Magazine, and MSNBC Investigates. Eric’s work has been recognized by many organizations, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators.
Childcare will be provided! Due to the sensitivity of the material that will be covered during the parent presentation, he asks that it is adults ONLY. SMSA therefore, will be providing childcare for children 3 and up (no diapers). We are very excited to have Eric at SMSA as he is a dynamic speaker with a wealth of knowledge in keeping our children safe online.
Please register by Wednesday, February 16th if you will be attending so we can get an idea of the number of people attending and children in childcare. Click here to register. For more information on Eric, please click here.
If you have any questions contact:
Mrs. Cauley, K-4 Counselor: email@example.com
Mrs. Dengel, MS Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. McCarthy, HS Counselor: email@example.com
SMSA Adopts GoGuardian Beacon
In last week’s eLedger (see archived section) we announced that SMSA has expanded our GoGuardian product services to include GoGuardian Beacon as part of our school’s evolving suicide prevention program. GoGuardian products are used in over 8,500 schools and 5,000 districts in the US, supporting over 23 million students.
Soon, SMSA parents will be receiving more details about how to engage with GoGuardian Beacon. In the meantime, parents are urged to view the short 3 minute video introduction found at this link GoGuardian Beacon Demo
How are we using GoGuardian already at SMSA?
- Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material
- Help students stay on task and scholarly and more focused when learning online
- Help assess students’ progress towards class assignments
- Facilitating communication between teachers and students during class time
SMSA selected GoGuardian services to help our students stay safer and more focused while learning online. We work with students to teach about digital responsibility and safety. Additionally, we train teachers about how to operate GoGuardian and about our policies and procedures to help protect student privacy.
Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us!
Principal, High School