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College security seminar to deal with risks of social media, expertise – UB Now: Information and views for UB school and workers

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To deal with the perils of social media and expertise that confront youth each in and outdoors of colleges, a number of regional and nationwide organizations have partnered to carry the seventeenth annual Reboot Protected Colleges Initiative Seminar.

The free, digital occasion — titled “Addressing the Misuse, Overuse and Abuse of Social Media and Know-how in Colleges and On-line Areas” — is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to three p.m. Nov. 9 through Zoom. Registration is required. Visitors might register on the occasion’s web site.

The complete-day seminar, introduced this 12 months by the Erie County Legislation Enforcement Basis, will assist educators, legislation enforcement, first responders, youth professionals, faculty stakeholders, counselors, psychologists, faculty directors, faculty board members and elected officers, and oldsters and guardians of school-age youngsters acquire a deeper understanding of — and acquire an motion plan to cope with — the hazards of digital expertise affecting youngsters and youths.

The annual occasion is a discussion board for 1000’s of pros and oldsters with a stake at school security to come back collectively and find out about necessary subjects tied to defending youngsters and communities. This 12 months’s seminar is a reboot of the 2020 occasion, which was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Founding sponsors embrace the U.S. Secret Service, Buffalo Subject Workplace; UB’s Alberti Heart for Bullying Abuse Prevention; the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace, Western District of New York; and the Nationwide Heart for Lacking and Exploited Youngsters, New York Workplace. This system additionally acquired help from its seminar sponsor, Utica Nationwide Insurance coverage Group.

“The annual Protected Colleges Initiative Seminar continues to offer a useful platform for the [Erie County Law Enforcement] Basis to have interaction our a number of stakeholder-constituencies in responding proactively to highschool questions of safety,” says Michael Bryant, chair of the Erie County Legislation Enforcement Basis, and company safety supervisor at M&T Financial institution. Bryant can be a former special-agent-in-charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Buffalo Subject Workplace, and first introduced the Protected Colleges Initiative Seminar to Western New York and held the occasion at UB.

“The perils of social media abuse and the reliance of expertise in our colleges over the previous 12 months and a half have created severe, and generally harmful, challenges to the psychological well being and improvement of our Okay-12 inhabitants,” he says.

The seminar shall be led by nationally acknowledged leaders within the promotion of protected practices on social media and the web, and the administration of the psychological well being challenges stemming from the inordinate use of those platforms, particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shows embrace:

  • “Responding to Social Media Misuse and Abuse Amongst Youth,” by Sameer Hinduja, professor within the College of Criminology and Legal Justice at Florida Atlantic College, co-director of the Cyberbullying Analysis Heart and college affiliate on the Berkman Klein Heart for Web and Society at Harvard College. He’s additionally co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Worldwide Journal of Bullying Prevention. Hinduja will share his analysis findings and supply an motion plan to cope with the key types of expertise misuse amongst youth right now. The presentation will embrace particular, pragmatic, faculty local weather initiatives.
  • “‘Restoration’ from (Lingering) Covid-Associated Psychological Well being Challenges on account of Digital Training Isolation and Different Restrictions,” by Melissa Reeves, a nationally licensed faculty psychologist, licensed scientific psychological well being counselor, licensed particular training trainer and senior marketing consultant at SIGMA Menace Administration Associates. She can be a previous president of the Nationwide Affiliation of College Psychologists. Reeves will talk about the affect of COVID-related psychological well being points on educational achievement and social-emotional functioning. Individuals will study the developmental indicators of those psychological well being challenges, together with particular methods to implement proactive, common and focused approaches that handle COVID-related psychological well being wants.
  • “Making the Web a Safer Atmosphere for our College students: A Presentation by Meta’s Belief and Security Workforce,” by Jennifer Hanley, North American head of security, and Alexandra Hayman, strategic engagement companion on the Belief and Security Workforce, each at Meta. Hanley and Hayman will present details about Fb and Instagram’s instruments and sources which are centered on security and training for college students who’re on-line. They may even talk about Meta’s strategy to security, whereas sharing sources and suggestions for educators, legislation enforcement and others who play a task within the lives of younger folks.

“This well timed seminar will handle numerous types of expertise and social media misuse and abuse within the lives of our youth, as effectively different challenges that COVID-19 has had on their psychological well being, educational achievement and social-emotional functioning,” says Amanda Nickerson, director of the Alberti Heart for Bullying Abuse Prevention and professor of counseling, faculty and academic psychology within the Graduate College of Training. “Importantly, all three classes of this 12 months’s Protected Colleges Initiative Seminar will provide particular methods and sources to handle these points in our colleges, communities and on-line environments.”

For extra info, go to the Erie County Legislation Enforcement Basis’s web site.

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