The Lippman School invites parents and middle school students to attend a free, interactive presentation and discussion on cyberbullying, cybercrime, online predator tactics, and other safety issues related to children’s use of the internet, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the Schultz Campus Auditorium.
The auditorium is located on the Lippman School campus, at 750 White Pond Dr. and admission is free.
Featured speakers will be Portage County Chief Information Officer Brian Kelley, who, in addition to managing all IT operations or the county, has investigated computer crimes for the Portage County Sherriff’s Department, and teaches computer security and criminal justice at the University of Akron.
Kelley will be joined by Amanda K. Brace, a licensed School Counselor with specialized training in helping children deal with cyberbullying.
Lippman’s Head of School, Sam Chestnut, encourages community participation. “This is an issue that affects all middle school students,” Chestnut said, “and we welcome parents, teachers and students in the Greater Akron-Canton area to join us as we explore how to keep our children safe online.” Parents of younger children are also welcome,” he says, because “even preschool and elementary school age children are increasingly using Internet-connected devices.”
The event is part of an ongoing exploration of technology issues, started last year when Lippman became the first school in Ohio to take the “Tech Timeout Academic Challenge,” during which middle school students attempted to disconnect from all electronic devices for three days, and then to share their experiences at a community forum.
“We’re going to do that again this year,” said Lippman Humanities Teacher Matt Russ. “Then, we’ll follow it up with this discussion on Internet safety. The idea is to get our students to take a thoughtful break from technology, and then to reflect on some of the more serious issues they might face as they use the Internet for homework, gaming and other activities.”
Admission is free with registration, which may be made at www.thelippmanschool.org, or by calling (330) 836-0419.
The Lippman School offers a globalized K-8 independent school education now celebrating 51 years of academic excellence in Akron. It features small classes, carefully selected teachers and a fast-paced curriculum. With value added character development, international perspective and a robust sense of community, students easily connect with their peer group and gain confidence through a sense of belonging.