Dear Parent or Guardian:
Bryant Middle School is proud to announce that the Michigan Attorney General’s office will be conducting presentations on student safety featuring the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) and the student safety hotline, OK2SAY. The presentation will be given to all students and parents on Friday, February 2nd, 2018. There will be student seminars in the morning and a one-hour seminar for adults that will be offered for parents and community members at 1 P.M.
The 6th – 8th grade students will see a video featuring peers who promote OK2SAY. Students learn what the OK2SAY program is, how it works, what types of incidents they can report, how to submit a tip, and what will happen with the tip. Students then get detailed explanations about bullying, cyberbullying, suicide, sexting, sexual abuse, the predator threat, and how to protect themselves online. Students see a video about the power of words, the deceptive ways Internet predators target teens, along with a video featuring students from Michigan that have tragically died by suicide due, in part, to bullying. Students will also see a video showing the negative impacts of sexting and they’ll watch a video provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
This parent/community seminar provides practical tools, including Internet safety tips and how to: 1) access the Michigan Sex Offender Registry; 2) understand the impact of digital footprints; 3) realize the risk of sharing photos with embedded location information; 4) identify the possible privacy risks of different apps; 5) recognize the potential dangers and legal ramification of sexting; and 6) identify cyberbully warning signs and develop a plan of action.
Students whose parent/guardian attends the seminar will have a chance to win 1 of 10 $10.00 Target gift cards.
You are encouraged to preview the videos your child will see at the Attorney General’s website (mi.gov/csi).
More information on OK2SAY, as well as resources, is available on the OK2SAY website (ok2say.com).
Mr. Denison, Mrs. Turfe, and Mrs. Ahmed