Cyber safety focus of new iSMART training

e-Connections Post

SCUSD is partnering with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and several law enforcement agencies on a new program to help students address challenges of the digital age.

The Internet, Social Media Awareness, Resources and Training (#iSMART) program educates youth about the dangers, risks and threats the Internet and social media pose for them today and in the future.

#iSMART is geared toward middle and high school students. There is also a parent component to educate and provide parents with tools and resources to help them protect their children.   

“Kids are getting smart phones, iPads and social media accounts at younger and younger ages,” said SCUSD’s Bullying Prevention Specialist Jessica Wharton. “They are growing up online. But at the same time, many remain unaware of the dangers and risks of inappropriate or careless internet use.”

#iSMART is unique in that it is an interactive presentation designed for kids to be active participants in the learning process. A prosecutor and law enforcement officer use visual storyboards to ask thought provoking questions that get students thinking and talking about Internet dangers.

Other iSMART partners include the Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento County Probation Department, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and Sacramento Police Department.