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Bentley Students Educate Local Teachers On Internet's Psychological Impact

October 23, 2006

Amid growing concern about the pitfalls of social networking, cyber bullying and the overall impact internet technologies can have on a child's development, students at Bentley College will conduct a professional development seminar for Milton Public School teachers that addresses internet safety issues on Friday, October 27.

More than 300 teachers will attend the one-day, interactive seminar being held at Milton High School. 16 honors students from Bentley will present a morning session designed for middle and high school teachers and an afternoon session designed for elementary school teachers.

"This seminar is necessary because new technology is coming fast and furious and teachers need to be aware of what kids are doing online. They need to know what sites they're using and the potential dangers they face," says Greg Hall, Associate Professor of Psychology.

Professor Hall worked with the Assistant Superintendent of Milton Public Schools to arrange the seminar, which is part of a Cyber Psychology honors course he teaches at Bentley. "Our students are in the perfect position to educate others on this topic. They have become experts on these Internet technologies; they're using them everyday just like the Milton students. Through the cyber psychology course they've learned about the developmental issues that come along with the new technology."

The seminar will be divided into 4 modules addressing different topics:

  • Internet Safety : Issues to be discussed include what students should do if they come across inappropriate material ; cyber bullying; what to put and not to put on social networking sites; what to do if contacted by a stranger online

     

    • Social Networking - Text : Focuses on sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Live Journal; teachers will set up their own MySpace account to become familiar with the site; exposure to chat rooms and internet language
      • Social Networking - Media : Focuses on fastest growing sites such as YouTube and Photobucket

         

        • Curriculum Resources : Introduces teachers to curriculum resources available regarding integrating technology into the curriculum

           

          The Cyber Psychology course is being offered as a 4th credit option through Bentley's Service Learning Program (BSLC), which promotes academic learning and development through service. BSLC has been recognized as one of the best programs of its kind in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Princeton Review.

          The Milton Public Schools educate more than 3,500 students in six schools. Milton High School currently enrolls more than 1,000 students in grades 9 through 12. The mission of the Milton Public Schools is to educate, challenge and empower all students to be productive, caring and contributing members of society. The Milton Public Schools administration can be reached at 617-696-4812.

          BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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