Anne-Marie Fiore, Executive Director of Technology and Information for the Chelmsford Public Schools was named 1 of 100 Top Social K-12 Tech Leaders by the Huffington Post. The Huffington Post states, “The stakes for educating our youth have never been higher. The next generation of citizens must be prepared for an ever-changing world, and a workplace where creativity, insight and collaborative skills are especially highly-valued”.
In order to recognize the significance of social media in K-12 education, the Huffington Post created the first edition of the Top Social Tech Leaders in K-12 education. According to their website, the ranking is determined by a combination of factors including number of followers, Twitter list memberships, tweet volume and content and other metrics as tallied by several social influence scoring providers.
Fiore said: “The ways in which some of our faculty are using Twitter is outstanding — I am impressed daily with the amount of information and conversations I see from the Chelmsford Public Schools.”
In order for social media to be effective in today’s schools, it is important for educators and administrators to be not only familiar with it but skilled at it as well. Being a respectful digital citizen, avoiding cyber bullying, and practicing Internet safety are concepts best learned by doing.
Chelmsford Public Schools Superintendent Frank Tiano attended the inaugural National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the White House. Speakers included President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Tiano was chosen by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 school leaders to participate in the event for his efforts in digital learning.
Social Media and Cyberbullying
Social media use has become so pervasive in the lives of American teens that having a presence on a social network site is almost synonymous with being online. Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites. Many log on daily to their social network pages and these have become spaces where much of the social activity of teen life is echoed and amplified—in both good and bad ways.
-The Pew Research Center (2014)
Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person. Additionally, cyberbullying can occur 24X7, victims have a hard time getting away from the unwanted behavior.
- Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
- Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
- Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.
Online Safety/Cyberbullying Curriculum
Questions related to Online Safety and Cyberbullying are included in our DDM’s (district-determined measures).
Our curriculum objectives are as follows:
- Students will understand the meaning of cyberbullying.
- Students will learn to recognize different forms of cyberbullying.
- Students will learn different strategies for dealing with a cyberbully.
- Students will learn the importance of enlisting the help of a trusted adult when cyberbullied.
- Students will learn how to use the Internet safely and effectively.
- Students will understand that people online are not always who they say they are.
- Students will learn that they should never give out personal information without a trusted adult’s permission, especially if it conveys where they can be found at a particular time.
- Students should understand that predators are always present on the Internet.