Cyber safety lessons

As students increase their use of technology for classroom lessons and homework, local schools are taking efforts to keep kids safe.
Krystle Wagner
Jan 25, 2014

Next week, Peach Plains Elementary School students will listen to presentations about cyber safety based on the Michigan Attorney General’s Cyber Safety Initiative, an Internet safety educational program.

Parents and community members will also have an opportunity to learn more about cyber safety during a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Grand Haven High School Performing Arts Center.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska said it’s the third time in the past five years that the attorney general’s cyber safety program has been presented at the district's elementary and middle schools.

Through the state’s safety initiative, kindergartners through third-graders learn about the “3 Keeps” — keep safe, keep away and keep telling.

Students in grades 4-5 learn how to recognize Internet predator techniques and appropriate responses to bullying.

Students in grades 6-8 are cautioned about posting personal information on social media sites and sending sexually inappropriate images. Students also learn about the consequences of bullying and are encouraged to stand up for other students.

Since social media is prevalent in the lives of students, Konarska said it’s important that they understand the impact of what they post. He said teaching students how to appropriately use technology and the ways it can enhance learning will best prepare them to be successful in the future.

“As we consider more individual technology access for students, we will also develop curriculum to teach those social norms that accompany this access,” Konarska said.

Local schools have additional measures to keep students safe on the Internet.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Former Grandhavenite

Ignoring haters, trolls, and terrible posters is a valuable skill for life in general, not just online.

When I was in school the bullies at least had the common decency to give you a wedgie and stuff you into a garbage can, but these kids nowadays... "Hey punk you better Paypal me your lunch money or I'll post some insults on your Facebook wall!" I know cyber bullying is a Serious Business(TM), but the whole concept just strikes me as a bit ridiculous.


Its just amazing on the other side of the coin that more internet predators aren't the ones coming up missing. It takes some serious stupidity to walk up to someones house like the shows with Chris Hansen's to Catch a Predator series and just walk in like ya own the place. The risk involved has to off the scale. Could run into an armed homeowner or angry teenager and nobody would know a thing. Look at those so called "Craigslist Killings" Internet predators are just plain stupid and if they get it - oh well too bad.


i recently took a cyber safety test thru my employer, most of the terms they used i never heard of, maybe the kids in school will get some lessons before they are tested

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