CHAMP and the Go Project Teach Students about Online Safety
The Community Health Access Module Program (CHAMP) committee presents preventative health and wellness education on a variety of topics to underserved and at-risk populations around New York City.
One community partner CHAMP works with is the GO Project, which targets under-resourced and academically struggling public school students to equip them with skills needed for future success. In a recent “Online Safety” workshop with the GO Project, CHAMP volunteers incorporated a new and exciting experiential learning module to engage the 7th-grade attendees and their families.
As internet usage continues to increase, internet safety is a growing concern for parents. CHAMP volunteers Lindsey Breuer-Barnes, Hanna Morikami, and Katie Keenan developed and implemented an interactive curriculum for the middle schoolers to work together in small groups to discuss Online Safety. Especially relevant to this age group, the workshop included information on cyber-bullying, what is appropriate friending, password privacy, and tips for what to share (and not to share) on social media. The students then worked through hypothetical situations to emphasize the importance of online safety.
CHAMP volunteer Lindsey Breuer-Barnes states, “Through the support of GO Project Staff, we were able to have newer activities and prizes to really encourage participation. By the end of the workshop, nearly every student had contributed, and several had really warmed to the topic of internet safety; they were excited to share their online experiences.”
The success of this workshop inspired the committee to incorporate more interactive learning opportunities into the CHAMP portfolio of health and wellness workshops and the committee is finding more ways to directly involve participants in the experience of learning through reflection.
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