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Our assembly for college students seeks to give them the information and tools to use technology safely, responsibly, and appropriately. We don’t use scare tactics, and we don’t harp on all the “wrong” things that young people are doing these days. Instead, we seek to educate and empower them to make online decisions marked by wisdom, discretion, and long-term thinking. They are currently working hard to earn their degrees and set themselves up for an amazing future. We simply don’t want them to invalidate those efforts, nor contribute to the victimization of others in any way, and for any reason. While approaching their use of technology from a positive and encouraging perspective, we delve deep into the headaches and heartaches that could result from unwise online decisions.

The session stresses the importance of online reputations and the (mis)use of social media. University students need to know that what they post or send in cyberspace will remain there for a long time – even after they delete those provocative pictures or inappropriate messages. The session covers the negative implications that stem from carelessness or foolishness on the Internet, and how it can affect athletic participation, undergraduate and post-graduate admission, work opportunities, and social relationships. Cyberbullying, sexting, and digital dating abuse are also discussed in a way that is highly relevant to this particular population. We utilize an interactive powerpoint presentation with real-world examples (and a short video or two) and seek to keep students engaged through a high-energy speaking approach.

Key issues discussed: online cruelty; online reputation management; responsible social media usage; online integrity; promoting positivity online; sexting; electronic dating violence; sexting; revenge porn

This presentation will help college and university students:

• Understand the risks and rewards from the use and misuse of technology
• Comprehend the ways in which private information is shared online
• See how easy it is to track individuals by following the digital footprint they unwittingly leave behind
• Come to grips with how ill-advised postings can lead to denied future opportunities (college, scholarships, jobs)
• Understand how to lock down one’s profile page and develop a positive reputation in cyberspace
• Think about sexting with a more nuanced perspective, considering motivations, formal laws, cultural pressures, social norms, the longevity of relationships, and more
• Realize the indirect and direct ways that electronic dating violence occurs, why it marks a very unhealthy relationship, and what to do about it
• Consider the reality of sextortion and revenge porn when relationships go bad
• Be inspired by other young people who are positively changing their community, and setting themselves up for future success, through the responsible use of social media

(about 45 minutes)

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