David DeCelle from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spent the morning of February 17 at Chatham Middle School talking with students about safe Internet practices. As part Chatham CSD's social media curriculum, the Middle School guidance & counseling department invited Mr. DeCelle in to lead cyber-safety assemblies for grades six, seven, and eight.
He spoke with students about how to avoid situations that can lead to danger, such as oversharing information online or agreeing to meet in person someone they meet on the Internet. He also talked about issues like cyber bullying, sighting examples of how using texts, email, or social media to harass, threaten, or embarrass others is not only hurtful, it can lead to serious consequences for the victim and bully alike. He shared who students should talk to for help if they ever feel threatened online, over the phone, or in person.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a private, nonprofit organization that provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children, schools and more. Mr. DeCelle’s visit was provided at no charge.