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The Guidance Counselor at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School provides short-term individual and small group guidance lessons that address academic and personal success. The Counselor provides classroom guidance lessons that include respect, bullying, conflict resolution/problem solving, study skills/test taking skills, and character education.  Communication between the Guidance Counselor and parents is vital. If you have a concern about your child, please call or email.

  Name Title Contact
Nikki Curliss Curliss, Nikki Guidance Counselor 919-657-4800
Internet Awareness and Social Networking Challenges
09/28/2016 10:52 AM CST

The PSO sponsored a discussion for parents on computer and Internet awareness.  The experts addressed concerns and discussed the importance of parental involvement with children on the Internet.

The presenters were:

Dr. Carrie Dittner, Dr. Katherine Hutchinson both from Peak Development Associates, PA

Master Officer Matt Mellenberger, Apex P.D.

Chris Stark, Special Agent, N.C. SBI – Computer Crimes Unit

Main points discussed:

  1. Twitter is more widely used for social networking
  2. Cyber-bullying is more prevalent between ex-friends who want to “get back”
  3. Adolescents compete to have the most friends on Facebook
  4.  http://www.formspring.me/ is one of many sites that questions are asked by anyone to answer
  5. http://omegle.com/ is a site to just chat with random people
  6. Daily, weekly conversations with children about appropriate usage of the internet, appropriate sites, managing sites, replying to others posts, and how to talk about inappropriate messages
  7. Elementary children are too young to be on a computer without an adult by their side. They do not yet have the filter to distinguish what is or is not appropriate
  8. Parents should know username and password to all sites your children are visiting and to constantly monitor these sites
  9. Convey to your child that there is no such thing as privacy on-line
  10. http://www.spectorsoft.com: software to monitor websites
  11. Children are self-exploiting themselves on the Internet
  12. Consistently engage children in conversations about standing up for oneself and for others if bullying is occurring

Resources:

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: http://www.ncmec.org/

On Guard Online: http://www.onguardonline.gov/

Embrace Civility: http://www.embracecivility.org/

American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/topics/bullying

Apex Peak Development Associates: http://www.apexpda.com/

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