Tuesday, October 23, 2007

BPS Presents CyberSafety Campaign at CEMA Conference

Felicia Vargas and Joe Kidd of OIIT presented at the Connecticut Educators Computer Association Conference in Hartford, Connecticut on Tuesday. The title of their presentation was "Designing an Internet Safety Campaign" and was about the initiative in Boston to bring cybersafety to its schools and community members. Felicia Vargas, who is the director of TechBoston, leads the effort in the district to educate all BPS community members on internet safety. She was featured last year in an article in Ed-Tech magazine in which she states the importance of educating children about cybersafety. Felicia and Joe presented to approximately 60-70 educators from Connecticut about how Boston's cybersafety initiative began and where it was headed. Educators who attended the session received sample internet safety materials that BPS high school students created including buttons, trading cards and posters. Many of the teachers asked questions about iSAFE and how the curriculum was being implemented in schools across the district. Some of the teachers stayed afterwards to get more information about the BPS initiative and expressed that they would like to start their own internet safety initiatives in their school systems. We look forward to future collaboration with those teachers and their schools!

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