On September 22, 2016, Orchard Farm Middle School had been given the opportunity to have Detective Daniel Maixner present to our students on Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety. Detective Maixner is a member of the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Unit and has been in law enforcement for over 30 years. He was able to share strategies with our students on how to protect themselves from cyber crime and the importance of being a good digital citizen.
Because all of our students have Chromebooks and many have cell phones, we feel it is important for our students to learn the importance of internet safety and digital citizenship.
Common Sense Media has put together several resources to help parents and educators learn about cyber bullying and keeping children safe online. Check out these resources and see how you can bring them into your classroom or home so your child can become an upstanding Digital Citizen.
On October 13th, Orchard Farm Middle School students participated in an anti-bullying presentation by the Megan Meier Foundation. The presentation was a great resource for OFMS to build upon as they continue to stress to their students the importance of being kind and treating each other with respect.
During the presentation, students learned from and interacted with Tina Meier about topics such as bullying, cyberbullying, suicide, digital footprints, not really knowing who you’re talking to on social media and bystander vs. upstander behavior. Students were encouraged to talk to a trusted adult when they experience or witness any type of bullying. Presentations from the foundation showed the detrimental effects of bullying while educating and empowering students to “Be Megan’s Voice…Be the Change.”
Check out the gallery below featuring photos from both presentations at OFMS!