During the week of April 11th-15th, our school did White Ribbon Week. White Ribbon Week was all about learning how to be safe on the internet, and how to know what to do when something bad happens when on a social media site. According to Mrs. Murray, a foods teacher and SJHS student council advisor, internet safety is hugely important for teens. She said, “Everything we do revolves around technology. It’s essential that teens know how to protect themselves and make good choices when they go online.”
To make White Ribbon Week more fun to participate in, each day there were different things that the students could wear. According to Jacob Jackson, an eighth grader at SJHS, Hat Day was the most fun, because, “it protects your head from damaging media.” Also, on Tuesday, an internet safety specialist came to our school, and talked about what to do on the internet when put in a bad situation. He had a powerpoint that gave examples and situations, and how to get out of them. Kennedy Bird, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “He introduced an app called, ‘Send This Instead!’ It sends a picture of a funny saying that you can send to someone who is asking you for revealing pictures through text, or someone who is bullying you online.”
Abby Carlton, an eighth grader, said, “Jersey Day was my favorite. It was fun to see everyone’s different jerseys.” According to Abby, the message that White Ribbon Week represents is very important for teenagers to understand. It promotes safety online, and teaches people to not be bystanders.
Madeleine Ungren, an eighth grader at SJHS, said, “Don’t cyberbully! Remember that the people online are real people, and they have feelings.”
Mrs. Murray said, “It’s sometimes hard to imagine that what you do now could affect your future, but it really does. I want to see all my students succeed and not be stopped from their dreams coming true in the future because of their online activity in junior high.”
Kennedy Bird said, “White Ribbon Week helps everyone know that they need to be careful and safe on the internet. It is very dangerous.”
According to Abby Carlton, it is important for teens to know to be careful on the internet, and to not hurt anybody else. Be safe online!