Photos courtesy of the Bethpage Union Free School District
Bethpage students from John F. Kennedy Middle School received valuable guidance and advice related to technology and social media from author Katie Duffy Schumacher on Sept. 30. Duffy Schumacher founded Don’t Press Send, a campaign to help children navigate the dos and don’ts of social media.
Through her presentation “Mindful Approach to Social Media,” JFK Middle School students learned how social media can negatively impact one’s mental wellbeing and future if they are not careful with what they are sharing. She asked the middle schoolers to be mindful and to think before they send anything.
“Choose carefully what you put out there because it greatly affects others,” she told them.
Throughout the presentation, Duffy Schumacher encouraged the students to use social media with good intent and taught them healthy habits when navigating technology. This included setting a time each day to put your phone away and taking away access to your phone at night when you are asleep. Students also learned ways to keep their personal information safe and received red rubber bracelets as a reminder to be smart online citizens.