Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District
By seventh grade, children likely have a cell phone, are familiar with social media and know the ins and outs of all of their devices. That’s why there is a need to keep them safe when using these digital tools, and retired Nassau County police officer Sharon Galvin visited Berner Middle School in the Massapequa School District for cyber safety presentation on Sept. 22.
During an assembly for the entire seventh grade, Officer Galvin spoke to students about responsible use of the internet and social media, including ways to protect their privacy. She also discussed the consequences of cyberbullying, and explained that bystanders can be just as guilty as those doing the bullying.
Students had follow-up discussions about these topics in their health classes, and one of Officer Galvin’s key points resonated with them: Think before you act.
Ryan Knapp said that presentation will make him think carefully about the way he conducts himself online. His classmate, Sophia Morgan, added that the information is relevant to all students because just about everyone uses some kind of social media by seventh grade.