Digital Citizenship Week Aims to Keep Students Safe Online

posted Oct 8, 2018, 11:30 AM by Katie Nieman
OASD to host Cyber Crime Presentation on Friday, October 19

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is committed to helping students succeed in today’s increasingly digital world and will soon embark on its annual celebration of Digital Citizenship Week, October 15-19, 2018. Schools throughout the District will take part in numerous activities to model and promote positive digital citizenship. During the week, OASD teachers and technology staff will be leading daily lessons centered on being respectful, responsible and safe online. The weeklong effort will conclude with an online safety presentation on Cyber Crime, presented by a crime analyst with the Oshkosh Police Department (OPD). CLICK HERE for event flyer. 

The Cyber Crime and Social Media Trends presentation will take place on Friday, October 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Oshkosh North High School Auditorium, 1100 W Smith Avenue. The presentation will be led by Tori Heidemann, OPD Crime Analyst, and will focus on current social media trends, tips to protect yourself and your children, parent/child friendly applications and information on current cyber crimes happening throughout the nation and in Oshkosh. All OASD parents/guardians and staff members are invited and encouraged to attend. No cost to attend and no registration required.

Cyber crime is the fastest type of crime growing across the world and law enforcement agencies must continually fight to educate their employees, as well as the entire community to stay on top of trends and help keep people of all ages safe – online and offline.

“I often get asked, ‘Who does this presentation apply to?’ my answer is simple, everyone who has a child that has access to the internet, regardless of their age, should be educated in online safety,” explained Tori Heidemann, OPD Crime Analyst.

“It’s easy to say that the world wide web has transformed our lives and in 2018 there truly isn’t much that isn’t within our reach,” continued Heidemann. “We can order goods online with the click of a button, or a swipe of a screen, we can meet people from across the globe and talk to them in real time over video, we can learn new languages, attend school and find work all from the comfort of our own homes. With all these amazing abilities though, comes to the darker side to the web and that is the crime associated with the internet.”

Digital Citizenship Week is a national effort focused on helping kids use technology to engage with and improve their communities while making safe, smart, and ethical decisions online. The OASD urges students, educators, and parents to take time each day during Digital Citizenship Week to explore what it means to be good citizens in a digital world. The initiative is sponsored by the OASD Library Media Services. For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/a/oshkosh.k12.wi.us/library-media/digital-citizenship-week---2018.
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