The newly formed Social Media Task Force hit the ground running in September! We kick started the year with three dynamic presentations given by Stephen Smith, a social media and technology expert from CBTS, a Cincinnati Bell Company. Mr. Smith has presented to over 80,000 students throughout our Tri-state area. He initially spoke to adults at the Pendery Center, and subsequently to our WMS students through two, assemblies for the 5th/6th and 7th/8th grades, with minor modifications for each age group. An intelligent and entertaining presentation based on research, statistics and current events at the local and national levels, his program forced us to open our eyes even wider at how pertinent these issues are for our community and families. Our special thanks goes out to John Hatcher, Wyoming dad and Hamilton County Prosecutor. Mr. Hatcher shared an overview of the pertinent legal angles associated with teens and their digital worlds at each presentation, helping to emphasize the importance of exercising personal integrity and responsibility with technology.
Finally, we want to thank everyone who was able to attend as we had an impressive showing of parents and community members! According to Mr. Smith, Wyoming raised the bar on attendance having numbers on par with much larger districts. Go Cowboys! Often it takes a tragic incident for a community to produce a crowd. Wyoming’s proactive character speaks volumes! We are the only local system known to have a team tackling Social Media on this level. Your questions and comments are further illuminating our way, and remind us how real the interest and needs are within our community. We are here to help facilitate the discussions and build the digital values that will carry us into this new digital era together. Please continue to communicate your ideas to us, and we’ll keep bringing our best to the table for you and your family. Together we can!
Your Wyoming Social Media Task Force Team:
Wyoming City Schools Staff: Tiffany Brennan – WMS Principal, Stacie McMahon – Guidance Counselor, Karen Reiber – Media Specialist, Susanna Max – Public Relations
Wyoming Youth Services: Kimberly Hauser, Executive Director
Wyoming Schools PSA: April Robles, Parent Education Coordinator
Wyoming Police Dept: Gary Baldauf – Chief of Police, Rusty Herzog – Lieutenant, Eric Kirkland – Detective
Parent Volunteers: Katie Carmichael, Kerry McPhail, Becca Morehous, Maria Seyerle
Stephen Smith’s Website: http://awiredfamily.org
Info aimed at keeping parents up to date on the digital world including the latest apps, parental controls, etc.
Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org
Website rating all kid’s media (apps, websites, games, tv, movies, etc.) so parents can be empowered to make informed decisions. Has e-newsletter.
Starting the Conversations @ Home: http://www.berrystreet.org.au/benetwise/Starttheconversationwithyoungpeople
How to engage with your child in a productive conversation about the digital world rather than talking at them and shutting down the conversation.
Stephen Smith’s Presentation to Wyoming Parents: If you missed Mr. Smith’s presentation, here is a link: http://onmedia.wyomingcityschools.org/videos.php?watch=3037