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.
Throughout the year, the StMM Technology lab, in conjunction with our guidance department, promotes Internet safety and responsible use of technology with our students. A few topics that have been covered are:
- Review of StMM Technology Policies
- Annual Internet Safety Week
- Research Ethics Lessons
- Plagiarism, Copyright and Fair Use Lessons
- Permanent Internet Safety Section on every middle school Moodle page
- The creation of a new Technology Group for middle school students interested in promoting Internet Safety through responsible use of Technology at StMM.
If you would like to learn more about the classroom resources and presentations, please read Mrs. Amanda Cadran’s blog: http://stmmteachtech.blogspot.com/
Summertime is just weeks away and, with that, students will have more free time. To help guide you and your children to make safe choices online, we have put together some tips and resources.
One resource is OnGuardOnline.gov the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. Here is an interesting article about being safe on-line and how to talk to your children about their on-line mark. http://www.onguardonline.gov/sites/default/files/articles/pdf/0035-living-life-online.pdf
An interesting fact: Girls between ages 14 and 17 text more than any other group of kids, averaging 100 messages a day. (SOURCE: Teens and Mobile Phones, Pew Internet and American Life Project, April 2010).
Another resource, http://www.netsmartzkids.org has some basic tips which you can employ no matter how your children use the Internet.
- Keep the computer in a high-traffic area of your home.
- Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.
- Remember that Internet technology can be mobile, so make sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices, and laptops.
- Surf the Internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.
- Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.
- Continually dialogue with your children about online safety.