On October 11th, 2019, Lebanon High School offered each grade of students’ different information about online safety and teen lures so they can prepare for the worst. Teen lures, cyber-bullying and other forms of danger online have been a problem in society for many years now.
LHS showed their senior students a video called, “It’s Different for Girls” about a girl named Lyla that gets cyber-bullied by fellow classmates. In the video, it shows Lyla with harsh names on her locker, people gossiping around her, her finding a slam web page about herself and more bullying activities.
Senior Cole Asbury felt like the point made was valid because most people do not realize the effect internet has on our lives.
“A lot of us are truly unaware of the actual amount we are on our phones or in front of screens but I do not think there was a grounded message as to why it is bad and what trends it has started,” said Asbury.
Senior Taylor Cripe did not think the lesson was as helpful as LHS intended it to be. She thinks it could be improved if it was presented as a school assembly because more people would pay attention to it.
“That stuff happens and watching a video, like the seniors had to watch, is not going to magically change anything,”said Cripe.
Mr. Dardini was assigned to present the video to seniors and felt it was insightful and the students were mature with the video. It was more pertinent to them versus other students.
“As unfortunate as it is that these things take place, I am glad we are discussing how to overcome challenges like we saw in the video in a safe way,” said Dardini.
The juniors at LHS looked at fake online profiles and had to act as a college administrator to judge the accounts on whether or not they should be admitted to college. This was followed by a discussion over judging accounts and learning how to be safe online.
Junior Cade Nelson thought the lesson was not very helpful and demonized men often by only focusing on what girls should and should not allow guys to do.
“The lesson could have been much shorter and should have focused on a guy’s perspective of situations more and not just a girl’s perspective,” said Nelson.
Junior Khushi Patel agreed with Nelson on the belief of the discussion not being as meaningful as it should have been.
“It was only 20 minutes of repeated things in which we had already learned,” said Patel.
Mrs. Coddington presented this topic to the junior class she was assigned and thought it was a different approach to teaching this topic. She believes this lesson helped some of the students in the class and was necessary to do at most once a year.
“I think it was interesting to have only juniors in my classroom and would prefer to have more students I knew better, but it was workable. I think students would also be more comfortable with teachers they know and would be more likely to engage in the conversation,” said Coddington.
The sophomore class was presented an online lesson from Risky Online Behaviors. In this, each sophomore class held discussions about the online lesson, some had questions and even PowerPoints over the topic.
Sophomore Logan Elsbury believes discussing this topic was helpful and worth their time spreading awareness about it.
“I liked that it was about online predators and not face to face type stuff because dangers online are way more relevant to our day and age,” said Elsbury.
Sophomore Madison Vanhowe agrees with Elsbury and thought the lesson was helpful, but dragged a lot longer than necessary. She would have preferred more video examples since she is a more visual learner.
“This was something everyone has learned from their parents and know already, but it definitely was something good to touch up on,” said Vanhowe.
Mrs. Kazmierczak was one of the teachers to present the online lesson to the sophomores. She saw her students actively participating in the discussion because of recent news that was included in the conversation.
“It was not a topic I knew a lot about and it is hard to teach someone else’s lesson, but I think I taught it the best I could. It was more awkward to teach because I know most students use this time to work on homework, meet with teachers or talk to friends, so this was a bit of a battle to get over,”said Kazmierczak.
Lastly, the freshmen discussed what is appropriate to post on the internet and what is not. The classes focused on the potential future effects of posting the wrong thing online. By this, the freshmen read and discussed an article about a post on social media that affected a college student’s life.
Freshman Kenny Getch found the article useful in learning important ways to stay safe online. This topic is important to discuss since a little mistake can have such a negative impact on peoples’ lives nowadays.
“Because we are starting to grow up in this generation, we should be more aware of who to trust and who to help now. A predator could be anyone and we could never know until it is too late,” said Getch.
Freshman Emma Bailey agreed with Getch on the belief of the article being useful and helpful.
“I thought the lesson on how to stay safe was helpful, but some of it was common sense or things I already knew,”said Bailey.
Mrs. Love presented this article to her class of freshmen and thought her class discussed the topic well. She believes using articles to show them real life situations was beneficial, but thinks articles that are closer related to their age would be more beneficial to them.
“I think it is important for students to think about this information on a regular basis. They often times only think about the now and not the results something could have on their future. Social media and sharing information have become a major part of their lives and they need to understand how to act responsibly and take care of themselves online,” said Love.
Each grade at LHS was taught a different lesson about online safety on October 11th. Overall, some of the messages were common sense, but most were important and improved the knowledge of the high school as a whole.