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Honors Students Teach Internet Safety Seminar for Parents February 6, 2007

January 29, 2007

Local parents will get a first-hand look at what their children are doing online during an interactive seminar being offered by Bentley College and Milton Public Schools.

 

16 honors students from Bentley -- who recently completed a Cyber Psychology course--will present the seminar on Tuesday, February 6 at Milton High School. It is open to all parents and will address growing concerns about the pitfalls of social networking, cyber bullying and the overall impact internet technologies can have on a child's development.

 

"There is a big generation gap in terms of the use of computer technology," says Greg Hall, Associate Professor of Psychology, whose students will lead the seminar. "Parents need to have a greater awareness of what their kids are exposed to when they go online."

 

Professor Hall says his students are in the perfect position to educate others about internet safety, "They have become experts on these internet technologies; they're using them every day. 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 3 modules addressing different topics:

 

  • Internet Safety : Issues to be discussed include what children 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; parents 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

         

        This isn't the first time these Bentley students have been asked to share their knowledge of the internet. Last semester -- as they were completing the Cyber Psychology course --the students conducted a professional development seminar on internet safety for hundreds of Milton public school teachers. It was such a success the school department wanted a similar course for parents.

        "Dr. Hall and his Bentley students provided one of the most valuable professional development sessions ever presented to our teachers and staff. We had both veteran educators and new teachers tell us they were stunned by the information, but impressed by the presentation," says Mary Gormley, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Personnel, Milton Public Schools. "I urge every parent to attend the session to gain a better understanding of the use and misuse of the internet. Parents will come away with a whole new understanding of this technology and how it relates to their children."

         

        The students will all receive a stipend from the Milton Public Schools for presenting the seminar. The Cyber Psychology course was 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.

         

        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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