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SafeTeens President Meghna (“Chili”) Pramoda Welcomes New Ambassadors

Dear Member,
Congratulations, and welcome to SafeTeens Online! We are pleased that you have chosen to work, grow and learn with us. We know there is a lot of information to process when starting as an Ambassador for SafeTeens Online. `As you get up the learning curve, use this page as a ready reference and checklist:

Step 1: Ice Breaker
Announce and socialize the mission and vision of SafeTeens at your school.

  • If you haven’t already connected with us, please complete the ambassador application form:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AmbassadorApplicaton
  • Reach out to your school mentor ( Teacher/Principal/Guidance
    counselor/mentor) and express your interest in starting the
    club
  • We can walk you through our program and give you slides that you can share with your mentor.

Step 2: Safe Teens Online Survey for Middle & Upper Schoolers
Once you have buy-in then reach out to Safe Teens team to create a school specific survey to understand the baseline
cybersecurity awareness at your school.

  • Baseline student knowledge and concerns through SafeTeensOnline survey.
  • Safe Teens Online analyzes, summarizes and presents results with school faculty advisors, and student leaders
  • Faculty advisor designates school assembly for student leaders to share survey results. This school assembly doubles up as a membership drive.
  • Recruit members:
    a. Faculty advisor / Student Leadership sends out interest forms to middle and upper school to help identify students
    who want to participate in the program
    b. School sends middle and upper school parents a one-pager describing the program, and requesting them to speak to their kids about it, resulting in expressing interest
    c. We have seen schools incorporate it into their school spirit activities, weave it into their inter-house competition schedule, etc

Step 3: First Club Meeting

  • Safe Teens Online provides training videos and portal access (Lesson topics, lesson plans, best practices and various articles related to various cyber security topics) for faculty advisors and student leaders.
  • Safe Teens Online provides access to the education portal and allows schools/clubs to manage the club activity.
  • Safe Teens Online point-person is identified along with backup to ensure the school’s and students’ questions are answered in a timely fashion.
  • Faculty advisors / student leaders upload member list to Safe Teens Online portal for access, information sharing and club activities.
  • Faculty Advisors / student leaders choose 3 topics for the first quarter of club activities and add to custom curriculum

It’s that simple 1-2-3. Let’s get started.

-Chili

Categories STO_Welcome

Mount Litera Zee School, India joins the SafeTeens Online family

Safe Teens Online is excited to invite our newest school partner, Mount Litera Zee School, Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu India to the global effort in educating teens on cyber safety related risks and opportunities. 

In 2020, as COVID ravaged the world, workplaces, schools, and almost every other congregation of people was forced to go find socially distanced methods to stay connected. That meant going 100% digital for a vast swath of the world. 

Our zoom game got sharper, our TV time, work time, school time and hanging out with friends and family time, all melded into one, even as our sense of physical space became restricted to the confines of home. Within that, a remarkable human spirit came through. Teachers found ways to stay connected to their students, engaging them with games, and a new set of daily digital homeroom rituals. Students discovered the best way to stay focused on schoolwork despite the ever-present distractions of being at home. 

All this newness also meant taking the occasional security breaches of online classroom / tools in stride. Some classrooms were hacked, inappropriate content was shown to students. Forgotten passwords took on a whole new meaning and magnitude.  In parallel, the world has seen an increase in social dissatisfaction, lack of trust and a clarion call to decentralization. Students will become familiar with changes in the technology landscape through project-based learning and activities. They will have opportunities to share their unique perspectives with peers and bring the voice of the users to companies, government authorities, educators and other stakeholders around the world. 

We congratulate the Mount Litera Zee School for their boldness and vision in inviting their students to engage in cutting edge topics and thought leadership. Mr. CKG Raj and Principal Shankaran, through able faculty advisor Ms. Zeenath Nazreen are leading the charge as they work closely with student leaders to roll out the program. We are excited to be part of the Zee Litera students’ digital education journey.

-Safe Teens Online team