Speakers on Cyber Security and Using Tech Safely
- Vince DeVivo (email@example.com) does an amazing presentation, which is also free. He concentrates on social media 'bad actors.' His presentation is not for children.
- The MCPD Special Victims Unit. They have been working with us for years and have a great (and free!) presentation to help parents. Contact Sergeant Sanger (firstname.lastname@example.org).
-Shannon Jiron is an MCPS middle school teacher and mom herself. She has taken it upon herself to visit every class at our school, Ridgeview MS, to collect info directly from students. As a result, she has the scoop on the latest apps, what bad things go on, and what the kids think about their parents' own use of devices in plain site, at the dinner table, scrolling through social media while at their athletic practice, etc. She would love to help out any school that needs her. Her email address is: Shannon_M_Jiron@mcpsmd.org.
- Dr. Edward Spector (email@example.com) or Dr. Clifford Sussman (firstname.lastname@example.org) are psychologists/psychiatrists who are exceptional at explaining how the brain is impacted by social media and video games and what the do to the brain. Particularly fascinating is how ADHD children response to screen interactions. They have both testified at the Board of Ed. about screen addiction.
- Dr. Adam Pletter is a MCPS parent and has a educational program called Parent 101. Adam is also a Safe Tech member and has a lot of great step-by-step and how-to's for parents to execute. His email is: email@example.com. He is not free.
- In addition, we have some phones to recommend if parents feel the kids need a way to communicate home before and after school, etc. The Gabb phone is awesome! It looks like an iphone but has no internet access, and is only $99 + $20 a month. Also, the Light Phone 2 is a fantastic new product.
- Finally, we love Wait Until 8th — a pledge families can do with other families or independently. It pertains just to smartphones, not safe phones like the above or flip phones.
A study by Rutgers researchers published in Educational Psychology confirms that devices in the classroom lead to lower grades.
Resources on RF Radiation Data
- National Toxicology Report on Cell Phone Radiation (Whole Body Exposure)
- American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations on Limiting Cell Phone Exposure
- Maryland Children's Environmental Health and Protection Wifi Radiation in Schools Final Report
Blue Light & Eye Damage Research Compilation
- A new study by researchers at the University of Toledo, OH, shows that blue light from device screens accelerates blindness and macular degeneration.
- Digital Safety by the Discovery Education Foundation offers interactive curriculum resources for teachers, parents and students to gain critical information on cybersafety, cybersecurity, and cyberethics. The content provides crucial lessons on stranger danger awareness, malware and malicious websites, and cyberbullying, making sure that students grow to become responsible digital citizens.
- National PTA Statement on Student Privacy and Data Security - https://www.pta.org/home/advocacy/pta's-positions/Individual-Position-Statements/Position-Statement-Student-Data-Privacy-and-Security (copy this link ito your browser)
- Security Education Companion by the Electronic Frontier Foundation is a resource for people learning about or teaching digital security to their friends and neighbors. If you are new to digital security, want tutorials for privacy-protecting tools, or want translated guides in 13 languages, head to Surveillance Self-Defense (SSD).
- Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They provide information, advice, and innovative tools to help families use media and technology as positive tools.
- Digital Armor lists resources and federal laws on privacy protection and dealing with abusive on-line conduct.
- The K-12 Cyber Incident Map
Resources on Cell Phones and Laptops in School
Cell phones are becoming an inevitable part of the classroom, but recent research suggests that using cell phones in the classroom impairs academic performance.
Lisa Cline, chair
Cyberbullying and Online Safety
- MCCPTA Presents "Cyber Safety for Children" (video)
- A Sincere Compliment (Twitter account combats cyberbullying by tweeting compliments and support video)
- Sign up for Screenagers' Tech Tuesdays Blog
- Free Online Safety Booklets from the Federal Trade Commission
-The NetSmartz Student Project Kit
-Teach kids how to identify bullying and how to stand up to it safely.
Screens and Mental Health
- Associations between screen time and lower psychological well-being among children and adolescents: Evidence from a population-based study, Preventive Medicine Reports, Vol. 12, Dec. 2018, pp. 271-283