Understanding Internet Safety and Bullying: Educators' Role in Prevention

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Become a more informed educator, parent, friend or mentor to young people by attending Understanding Internet Safety and Bullying: Educators' Role in Prevention. Our expert speakers will equip and empower educatorrs to understand the vast digital youth culture; how it impacts young people in the context of their family, friends and school; how technology can contribute to bullying, mental health issues and sexual violence; and how you can be a prevention tool to battle these issues. Participants will learn how to utilize the be nice. Action Plan to help their students and other young people. You will leave feeling more informed and confident having conversations in the classroom about these sensitive topics.

*While meant especially for educators, this course is useful for all adults who work with youth, whether in school settings, faith communities or other youth-serving organizations.*


Tickets are $10, which includes the Eventbrite processing fee. Ticket includes breakfast. Seating is limited. Registration and breakfast begins at 8 AM. Program begins at 8:30.


3.0 SCECH are avialable for teachers


*See course objectives below.*


Presenter Bios:

Chris McKenna, Founder and CEO of Protect Young Eyes: After careers in business advising and student ministry, Chris created Protect Young Eyes as a way to equip and encourage parents and students to use technology responsibly. The Protect Young Eyes team performs hundreds of talks annually at conferences, schools, churches, and non-profits around the country. A constantly updated website (protectyoungeyes.com) a free technology newsletter, and an active social media channel ensure caring adults stay current on the latest digital trends. Chris is regularly featured on news, radio, and podcasts for his research.

Christy Buck, LBSW, Executive Director Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan and Founder of be nice.: With over 32 years of experience in mental health, Christy passionately leads the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan. Her desire for transforming and saving lives through mental health education led her to develop two classroom programs – be nice. and Live Laugh Love and becoming a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid and QPR. Christy and her staff have educated thousands of individuals each year through their education programs and other various speaking engagements and presentations throughout Michigan. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and a Licensed Social Worker.


Course Objectives:

As a result of attending The Digital Culture of Kids portion, presented by Chris McKenna, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the six digital realities facing most educators today.

  • Resolve those realities with six practical strategies that caring adults can implement in the classroom and also in their own homes, whether as parents, guardians, or grandparents.

  • Utilize practical tools for every adult who interacts with kids in the digital age.

  • Increase their empathy toward young people.

  • Increase their effectiveness in working with young people. When caring adults better understand the digital risks that exist today, then they parent, lead, and teach more effectively.

As a result of attending Bullying, the Mental Health Connection and the be nice. Action Plan portion presented by Christy Buck, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of bullying behave and roles that stakeholders play.

  • Differentiate between types of bullying behavior including aggression, discriminatory harassment, and cyberbullying.

  • Understand the relationship cyberbullying has on an individual’s mental health.

  • Use the be nice. Action Plan to intervene and get someone’s help at the onset of a mental health disorder.

  • Understand the be nice. Action Plan and the role it can have in facilitating and maintaining positive school culture and climate.

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