Friday, July 6, 2007

Cyber Mentors Hard at Work

The summer internet safety internship has begun for fourteen Boston Public School students! These fourteen students are completing their first week on the job which included some internet safety training, a group brainstorming of ideas and individual proposals of plans for internet safety materials to be created this summer.

The student interns are all now certified Cyber Safety Mentors through the iMENTOR program from iSAFE. Each mentor went through two days of internet safety training on topics such as cyber predators, cyber bullying, cyber security and intellectual property. After the training, the mentors held a group brainstorming session in which they shared their ideas about materials that can be created to educate younger students on the importance of internet safety. Each student then wrote an individual proposal about an internet safety product they would like to create this summer.

The students were then placed in groups based upon their proposals. Each group has to name a project manager and create a group proposal for their projects to be presented in front of deputy CIO Melissa Dodd and TechBoston Director Felicia Vargas. To help prepare them for their proposals, the Cyber Mentors will receive some presentation training at Bunker Hill Community College.

So far after only one week, the program is off to a fast start. The students are eager to bring their ideas to life and get to work. We will have updates on the projects they are working on and their progress throughout the summer.

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