Middle School Students Place First in National Online Safety Contest
Middle School students in Mr. Hartley Kennedy's computer science class recently participated in the FBI’s National Safe Online Surfing program. We would like to offer congratulations to Mr. Kennedy and his students for winning First Place nationally. Ms. Kelly Wesolosky, Community Outreach Specialist from the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office, was present to assist in the presentation of the awards.
Safe Online Surfing is an outreach program geared toward teaching youth about cyber safety through a series of games and activities, said Mr. Kennedy. Safe Online Surfing teaches students smart and safe ways to deal with issues such as cyberbullying, online surfing, talking in chat rooms and email etiquette. In general, it teaches students how to be good cyber citizens while using safe practices online. Hampton Middle School has competed in the program for several years. This is the second year in a row the students have earned the number one spot with the highest score of all participating schools.
Ms. Wesolosky said 106,987 students from a total of 1,755 schools in all 50 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands competed in April. Students have the opportunity to compete each month; however, she noted that April's participation was the highest for the year. "Considering the number of students and schools participating in April, this is quite a significant win for Hampton."
Superintendent Dr. Michael Loughead said the award is further confirmation that Hampton is achieving its goal of advocating for the kind of technology education that supports a well-rounded learning environment, while also protecting students' digital well-being.
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