Get Connected: A Parents Guide to Internet Safety


November 22, 2013 :
Approximately 30 people attended. Thank you Officer Johnson for sharing valuable information to parents and other adults in the community. Links to a few of the resources he mentioned are available on the DASD Family resources web page.

According to Kim Bannigan, the school district’s Learning Information Systems Corodinator, “At DeForest Area Schools, we have lots of curricular, human, and technological tools in place to guide students in their digital lives. From restricting access to certain sites to teaching students, beginning in lower grades how to navigate online worlds and collaborate effectively.”

Officer Johnson also spoke to students in the middle school’s Digital Communications class about Internet safety and cyber-bulling.  Students in this class learned about avoiding risks online, digital footprints, online predators, social media guidelines, and preventing and responding to cyber bullying. Students were also encouraged to discuss the topic with their parents.

The DeForest Police Department and DeForest Area School District are sponsoring two more informational sessions for parents/guardians of school-age children, as well as all adults in the community. The next one is scheduled for Thursday, January 30.

The presentations are intended to provide awareness and education about the use of marijuana, alcohol, heroin (focus for January 30), and prescription medications. Speakers will share with parents the warning signs and possible steps to take to help a loved one from making major life altering decisions.  Parents and others will learn about the “look fors” (t-shirts, language, culture), what the drugs actually look like, prevalence of use in the area, trends, and resources for assistance.


Special presentation for all DASD parents/guardians
presented by Officer Brian Johnson, School Resource Officer with
the DeForest Police Department.  The presentation will cover
topics such as teen trends online, cyber-bullying, online
predators, and tools for parents. Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm
DeForest Area High School


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