Today was our county Tech Contacts meeting - a good time was had by all. Imagine if you can a gathering of practically all of the geeks, um.. tech contacts from one school system. It's always good to sit down and swap stories and ideas. We also come together to discuss and listen to the latest county policies. Okay, so the last part isn't all that much fun, but necessary.
The second half of the meeting is a presentation on some particular topic that we are encouraged to bring back to our individual schools. Today's discussion was on Internet Safety. Whereas a lot of this discussion was focused on protecting those students in Middle School and younger, the concepts were still scary to consider.
A representative from the NC Department of Justice went over some basic safety tips and showed some of the materials they have available and some pretty spooky stories.
Finally a representative from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America showed us some of the materials available at www.netsmartz.org. Have to admit that some of us were chuckling that a few of the characters on the NetSmartzKids site (see here) reminded us a lot of the Smurfs. Oh, and here's that annoying theme song you might vaguely remember!! ;-)