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Digital Safety and Well Being

Middlebrook PTA is pleased to sponsor several Internet and Social Media Safety assemblies and presentation in our district. Please find below resources from recent student presentations and an upcoming parent event.


Resources from Scott Driscoll:

Register for Event:


From: January 27th Friday Letter - MB

Scott Driscoll, President of Internet Safety Concepts, spoke with students in each grade about how to make safe online choices. I do hope that your children shared what they learned with you and their siblings.


On March 7, Mr. Driscoll will host a session for parents and guardians. Look for additional information in a future Friday letter.


From WPS January 24, 2023

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As part of Wilton Public Schools’ ongoing efforts to educate students about their health and well-being, students participated in a program today on Digital Safety and Well Being. Scott Driscoll, President of Internet Safety Concepts, presented to students at Middlebrook in grade level assemblies. We want to share with you the topics Scott spoke about with your children:

  • Social Networking: Positives, negatives and potential impacts

  • Cyberbullying: Protecting yourself and others, and creating a positive outcome

  • Texting and Sexting (grade 7 & 8)

  • Popular/Trending Apps

  • Picture Sharing

  • Video Chats

  • Sharing too much information

  • The importance of privacy settings

  • Email concerns

  • Creating your “digital footprint/tattoo”

  • How technology can help or hurt your future

Attached discussion questions for you to start conversations with your child at home. Rest assured that our staff will continue to reinforce these important concepts in school as well.

Thank you to the Middlebrook PTA for funding these assemblies. Scott will host a parent presentation on March 7, 2023, from 7:00 -8:00 pm. The location for this parent presentation will be included in a future letter from Principal Higgins.

Topics to be covered at this evening program include:

  • Social Networking: Concerns parents should have

  • Cyberbullying: How to talk to your children about getting involved

  • Texting and Sexting

  • Popular/Trending Apps

  • Picture Sharing

  • Privacy Settings: Understanding the importance

  • Digital Footprints: Positive and negative impacts

  • Apps/programs that help parents monitor their families

  • Parental controls and available resources

We hope all parents/guardians come and learn about the latest information to help support and protect children while using the internet. You can find more information and resources on Scott’s website, Internet Safety Concepts: Empowering Smart Online Choices, also linked on our website under: Digital Resources for Parents or additional resources: Families: Digital Well-Being.


Kimberly Zemo, LCSW

District Safe School Climate Coordinator


Bark Presentation Recording and Resources

Wilton Public Schools held two parent technology nights in partnership with Bark for Families to address the challenges of supporting our children with navigating their digital presence. The website page/link includes the recording of the Webinars as well as resources provided during the presentation on research, strategies and tools to help parents. Wilton Public Schools is providing a series of workshops during this school year to partner with parents to address students’ digital life and how parents can support them.

Fran Kompar, Director of Digital Learning, and Kim Zemo, District Safe School Climate Coordinator oversee these efforts in our schools.

The LLC in Middlebrook has a Digital Citizenship course for 6th graders. In this class, students will practice building the skills needed to be an effective student in a digital world. These skills include topics such as managing files, staying organized, troubleshooting, understanding and evaluating online resources, and being an effective consumer and creator of online communication. The 6th Grade Digital Literacy course will address the use of technology in a responsible, effective and ethical manner. Students will demonstrate their understanding of privacy, digital footprint, and responsible use by creating an online portfolio, website and be able to evaluate a variety of digital media.


More Articles and Resources

The Smart Talk - Conversations that click - The Smart Talk is a free tool that helps families set digital safety ground rules together. National PTA and Norton co-created The Smart Talk in 2015, completing a major expansion and redesign in 2022

The Top 10 for framing positive and intentional use of social media:10 Rules for Using Social Media Intentionally. Social media can be a wonderful thing. It allows us to stay in touch with friends, interact with people around the world, grow in our passions, and even make a difference in the world. However, it can also become a distraction that keeps us from living our best life. Social media can also lead to anxiety, depression, and broken relationships.


A new advisory from the US surgeon general...notes that although there are some benefits, social media use presents “a profound risk of harm” for kids. It calls for increased research into social media’s impact on youth mental health, as well as action from policymakers and technology companies.


This Advisory describes the current evidence on the impacts of social media on the mental health of children and adolescents. It states that we cannot conclude social media is sufficiently safe for children and adolescents and outlines immediate steps we can take to mitigate the risk of harm to children and adolescents.


Wilton Youth Council Event Recording


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