Gwinnett County Public Schools recently released a PSA about students and cyber security on its GCPSTV site. The district produced the message to make families award of the dangers in cyber space. COURTESY GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Gwinnett schools continues lessons on ‘Digital Citizenship’

Today’s students use digital technology as effortlessly as previous generations used pen and paper. But just because they access it on a regular basis doesn’t mean kids are aware of all the dangers lurking.

To help families navigate the complexities of social media, electronic messaging and other aspects of digital technology, Gwinnett County Public Schools partnered with the FBI to create a series of short videos available on the districts TV site.

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The most recent public service announcement offers tips on keeping email accounts and other online applications safe from hackers.

Utilizing the student duo of Valyn and Darcy who’ve appeared in other videos, the message of staying safe in the virtual world hits home.

Earlier this year, Gwinnett became the first school district in the state to launch the “Think Before You Post” campaign.

That message warned students about the dangers of sending threats via social media, text message or email. Even if there was no intention to carry out the actions,   angry words that seem threatening, or a menacing meme or photo, could lead to a lifetime of consequences for a young person.

For those messages and several others, go to GCPSTV.org

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