Belfry Middle School fights cyber-bullyingBelfry Middle School fights cyber-bullying
By: Medical Leader Staff-Press Release-Other Published: 10/19/2012
BELFRY — National speaker Josh Gunderson recently spoke to Belfry Middle School students about the dangers of cyber-space.
“Our top priority at Belfry Middle is student safety, and in today’s high-tech world that’s means educating kids on the dangers of cyber-space,” Principal Matt Mercer said.
Gunderson, who has been featured several times on national television, spoke to BMS students and parents about the risks associated with social networking.
In today’s world of instant messaging everyone needs to be aware of the dangers associated with having information made available on the internet Gunderson spoke to students concerning cyber-bullying along with incidents of online predators and how they use social media to take advantage of their victims. He used actual cases presented in an appropriate forum for middle school students. His message included tips on how to deal with bullies, communicating online and the importance of what to share and what to keep private when interacting with “friends” online.
BMS students are trained in suicide-prevention by Guidance Counselor Karen Mounts.
Anonymous “Bully Boxes” are posted in the school, giving students a way to report inappropriate or threatening behavior.