Do you have the power? Students at Spring City Elementary School have the power. February 28 – March 4 was White Ribbon Week. The theme this year was “I’ve Got the Power.” The power to turn it off; the power to not view embarrassing pictures or share hurtful words; the power to tell a trusted adult if something doesn’t feel right; the power to ask before downloading; and the power to help friends make safe choices online.
Why is White Ribbon Week important? The average 8 to 18-year old in the US spends nearly 8 hours a da using entertainment media. Few homes have rules regarding media use and children often lack the ability to discern online dangers. Sadly, the average age at which a child first sees pornography is age 9! Another concern is that over half of all adolescents have been bullied online. More than 70% of teens report hiding online behavior from their parents. White Ribbon Week fulfills a federal requirement that all schools provide Internet Safety training.
To help provide this training, the Spring City Elementary PTA and Ms. Nancy Allred’s 6th grade class helped get information to the other classes in the school. Each day they focused on one specific aspect of the training. They made and hung posters, handed out Powerade, bookmarks, pencils, powdered donuts, and helped with various activities.
Students received a Healthy Media Pledge to take home to share and implement with their families.
Thanks to the PTA for providing the materials, handouts, goodies, and getting this organized for the students.