Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) parents, guardians and caregivers recently attended a virtual Internet Safety Awareness presentation sponsored by the CCPS Department of Student Services.
Joseph Dugan, internet safety specialist with the Maryland State Police and a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, provided information on the dangers children may face on the internet and digital world.
He shared recommendations on how families can protect their children and become more involved in their children’s use of technology. Finding the information valuable, parents requested similar presentations tailored for children.
Participants viewed “Childhood 2.0” before the webinar, a documentary that interviews parents, children and industry-leading experts in child safety and development. It examines real-life issues facing young people today — including cyberbullying, online predators and suicidal ideation. Watch the documentary at https://www.childhood2movie.com/.
Beila Lugo, mental health coordinator, introduced the presenter and Michelle Gilliam, transition specialist, provided technical support. Both were also panelists for the presentation. Students services, along with the CCPS Mental Health Advisory Council, plans to develop other virtual presentations.
For more resources, visit https://protectyoungeyes.com/ and https://bark-o-matic.com/. Parents and families can also reach out to school-based staff including school counselors, administrators, resource officer and psychologist for more resources.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.
CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).