Tag Archives: Cyberbullying

Virtual Learning Center’s Digital Citizenship Archived Webinar Available Now

In this 50-minute webinar on January 18, Virtual Learning Center Director Nancy George talked about some of the ways to be safe in the digital world – especially for children and teens who are online. Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating? Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources.

Listen to the archive of this webinar by clicking on the photo! Our next free webinar is January 25th- on the Midwest Education Technology Conference!

Upcoming Support Staff Academy

SSA, or the Support Staff Academy, is a program of the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts. They have two programs coming up in April- please see the descriptions below. Here is the help the Support Staff in your district needs to identify the issues and what they can do to help stressed kids.

Bullying/Gangs: Issues, Impacts and Actions
April 8, 2011 from 8:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
The students in Missouri have a hard enough time coping with academics, social and home life. Why should they be burdened with added pressure from their class mates or friends? Anxiety is one of the leading road blocks when it comes to child development, especially self esteem. One silent or hidden problem facing these children is dealing with the school yard “bully.” School administrators, teachers and support staff should be able to identify and help both the victim and the bully. Whether it is in cyberspace or in real time, the issue can leave lasting effects on a child. This program gives a brief look into what our children are going through and what schools and parents should do.

“Eggshells” in the Schoolhouse:
(Working with People Who Get on Your Nerves!)

April 8, 2011 from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Ever feel like you are “walking on eggshells” around certain folks? Unfortunately it happens even in the most professional of places. Determine your own interaction style and learn ways to “adjust” when dealing with different personality types. We’ll also chat about gossipers, busybodies, and complainers. We will even discuss how to handle the “moody” ones (you know who we’re talking about!).

Safe Surfing in the Online World…

…Understand the Internet while learning online safety techniques!

NEW! Understanding Your Digital Footprint
June 10 | 8:30 am-3:30pm
$149 CSD member; $189 non-member (One Grad. Credit Available)
Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating? Anyone using the web and mobile devices leaves a digital footprint. We teach our children how to be safe within the physical community, but what about safety norms for communicating in this highly digital age? Class time will include:

  • Discussion about social networks
  • Resources for using the Internet
  • Tips on guarding your identity
  • Netiquette and posting information to the web
  • Creating a code of conduct for your digital presence

NEW! Cyberbullying In and Out of the Classroom
July 6 | 8:30am-3:30pm
$149 CSD member; $189 non-member (One Grad. Credit Available)
Technology + 24/7 + Bullying = Cyberbullying. That’s the formula for the newest bully on the block. Learn what a cyberbully is, why kids become cyberbullies, how the cyberbully target can protect him/herself, and how schools/districts should address this issue. Online resources/lessons and suggested student projects and activities will be shared. Time will be allotted to begin developing your student project.

NEW! Web Literacy for Educators
July 21  | 8:30am-3:30pm
$149 CSD member; $189 non-member (One Grad. Credit Available)
Today’s students must know how to find, evaluate and utilize electronic resources. However, do our students know how to validate information found on the Web? Too often, information published on the Internet is viewed as truth, but is it really? Also, what about copyright? Do students have the legal right to copy and paste information from a website into their multi-media presentations and/or their own documents and websites? This class will include:

  • Reading URL web addresses to find their hidden meaning
  • Locating owners of websites
  • Conducting an efficient and effective search
  • Evaluating the validity of a website
  • Investigating fair use as it applies to student-created digital documents
  • Locating and using new Creative Commons sources
  • Recognizing the intent of a website

Mental Health Series Videoconference: Emotional Disturbance and Social Maladjustment

In a series of videoconferences, educational staff can learn about various mental health issues in children & adolescents. Sessions meet 4-5:00 pm CT; free to New Links members; $85 for non-members. Up first in 2010 is a Mental Health program with a Media Literacy focus: You Did What?: Sexting, Cyberbullying, and Other High Risk Online Behavior. Then, on February 11, Lynn Baer presents Emotional Disturbance versus Social Maladjustment.

Teachers are often perplexed about the behaviors they see in their students and how to respond to them in an appropriate way. This 1 hour presentation will review the differences between students with an Emotional Disturbance (ED) and those with Social Maladjustment. Definitions and characteristics of each category will be discussed. Disorders under the ED category (depression, bipolar, anxiety) will be reviewed as well as interventions for the classroom. These will be compared to the disorders and interventions falling under Social Maladjustment (Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder). Treatment in the community will also be reviewed and compared.

Sign up with Megan Moncure.

D Sharon Pruitt- owner of the photo (Flickr, Creative Commons)

Sexting, Cyberbullying, and Other High Risk Online Behavior VC

January 14, 2010 Mental Health Series Videoconference (K-12 Staff PD):
You Did What?: Sexting, Cyberbullying, and Other High Risk Online Behavior

Welcome to the “soda shop” of the next generation. Online isn’t just an entity, it’s the place to be (and be seen) for young people. When the desire for attention become risky, young people can find themselves in situations for which they aren’t adequately prepared. This presentation will discuss current trends in online behavior and what educators and parents can do to help young people be more pro-active online. This videoconference is for staff and is January 14 from 4-5 pm CT. This vc is free for New Links to New Learning members, $85 for nonmembers. Register no later than January 12 at noon with Megan Moncure.

D Sharon Pruitt- owner of the photo (Flickr, Creative Commons)