The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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March 29, 2013

Students advised to think first

Medina Journal-Register — Students at Medina High School and Wise Middle School will learn how to make smart decisions about sharing information online on April 11.

Jostens is sponsoring a special program called “Pause Before You Post,” which will take place at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

“Pause Before You Post” is a public service program from Jostens designed to encourage students to “pause” before posting comments, photos and videos online using social media. Validated with research by leading social media and cyberbullying experts, the program helps students understand the responsibilities associated with online publishing and learn how to protect their digital reputations.

In a media release, Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Evoy explained that social media has grown at an exponential rate, and while websites like Facebook and YouTube are useful communication tools, if they’re not used in a responsible manner the results to students and families can be devastating.

“Our students deserve schools that are free from all forms of bullying, including cyberbullying. We believe the more students and parents informed the better,” the press release states.

The “Pause Before You Post” program includes facts and visual reminders to learn about personal publishing, particularly using online social media sites like Facebook and YouTube. Through classroom discussion, printed guides and online information, students will learn to ask themselves important questions before posting and also learn about cyberbullying from recognized experts.

Students will be exposed to the risks and consequences of making poor decisions and also receive information to share with friends and family members.

“Jostens is excited to offer “Pause Before You Post” to help educators address topics that impact students, families and school culture,” said Charley Nelson, director, Educator Services, Jostens. “Delivered through local Jostens representatives, we believe the program will increase awareness and create proactive discussions about online responsibility and cyberbullying.”

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