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Education Students Teach Safe Social Media Practices

October 9, 2018 Tags: Community Engagement , Health Sciences and Education , University News

Education Students Rylie Rusnica, Emily Haupt, Abby Herman, Hannah Keeley, Sarah Carson, Michael Bupp, Mary Kraus, Lacey Gooderham,  Megan Shingler.Saint Francis University Education students recently conducted a half-day workshop regarding social media and relationship safety for the Appalachia Intermediate Unit-08 BRIDGE program in Ebensburg.

Building Realistic and Integrated Daily-living Skills, Gaining Experiences, and Employability Skills or BRIDGE, is a high school special education program that provides social, vocational and life skills training to help students with learning disabilities successfully transition from school to adult life.

Saint Francis University students created and delivered lessons on understanding the risks and rewards of social media and how to recognize and foster safe relationships in the digital age.

“This is just one of the many examples of our students going out of the classroom and into the community. Social media is a wonderful way to share your lifestyle and stay in touch with family and friends,” Says Assistant Professor of Education, MaryAnn Shaw. “Unfortunately it can also lead to online bullying and privacy issues. Our education students are happy to share online tips so everyone can enjoy being on social media.”

Social Media Tips:

  • Never give out usernames and passwords
  • Know how, why and when to friend and unfriend someone on social media
  • Know what information is usually ok to share, what is never ok to share and what information falls into the gray area.
  • Learn the difference between public and private posts
  • Know the difference between an acquaintance, a friend and a close friend
  • Understand that the meanings of texts and posts are sometimes easy to misinterpret
  • Tell a trusted adult if someone online wants to meet you in person

Photo: Rylie Rusnica, Emily Haupt, Abby Herman, Hannah Keeley, Sarah Carson, Michael Bupp, Mary Kraus, Lacey Gooderham,  Megan Shingler. 


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