Friday, February 8, 2013

Sticks and Stones Presentation for 9th Grades

The Internet and cell phone technology have revolutionized the way we learn and interact. The benefits are immense, but so are the potential dangers.  For teens in particular, cyber-bullying, harassment, stalking, spying, sexting and sexual predation are reaching dangerous levels throughout the country.

In order to help reinforce safe online behaviors, we will be showing the film Sticks and Stones on March 5, 2013 to all the 9th Graders.  This film addresses many of these issues in a hard-hitting but realistic way.  The film was co-produced by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Chase Wilson, the Emmy-nominated creators of the DWI prevention film, Stoned Cold.

Several important lessons will be highlighted during the film presentation and classroom discussions.  We encourage you to talk to your child about the film after they view it, in particular:

The nature and consequences of bullying on the victim and bystanders;
The dangers of sharing compromising photos online;
The inappropriateness of hate speech;
The ways that online communications can lead to real world consequences;
The problems inherent in online communication (Particularly the ease by which people can be fooled by a person assuming someone else’s online identity).

We will also be having a parent/guardian viewing of the film and a question and answer session for all parents/guardians in attendance on February 27, 2013 at 7pm in the Media Center.  Ms. Hused, Student Assistant Counselor, and I will be in attendance to answer any questions or concerns.

For a comprehensive guide to discussing the film and Internet safety in general, please refer to the following websites:


If you have questions/concerns about your children participating in this program, please feel free to contact Ms. Hused at 201-652-6000, Extension 5015.

This is the trailer for Chase Wilson Education's "Sticks & Stones," a film about the dangers of cyber bullying funded and distributed by The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office of Northern New Jersey. 


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