Last week at both Poultney schools, Proctor Jr./Sr. High, and Rutland Town, the founder of Organization For Social Media Safety visited with our students to teach them about how to use social media safely. Ed started this non-profit after his own son was a victim to a social media “challenge”. He emphasized that you don’t have to stay off of social media, but rather to use it wisely. He spoke about the importance of blocking and reporting any hate speech, harassments, cyberbullying, etc. After the incident with his son, Ed even got Jordan’s Law passed, in which if there is a case of extreme circumstances, the person responsible will be charged with a felony and if there is an accomplice they will be charged too.
It was a powerful presentation. The students learned that not taking action against the negative side of social media is still an action. Parents and community members were also invited in the evenings to hear the presentation for themselves. Thank you, Ed, for coming to speak and teaching students and parents about this important topic!
Check out highlights from each of the schools below!