Are you looking for a way to promote digital literacy with the students at your school?
You have come to the right place.
STAND Week empowers youth and their families to be safe from the harms of screen time, social media, objectifying content, cyberbullying, and more. At the same time it encourages youth to be leaders of positive technology use.
What does STAND Week do?
facilitates important conversations
unifies students in an engaging way
encourages positive peer support
What YOUTH are saying:
What PARENTS, COUNSELORS, and EDUCATORS are saying:
What harms of media do you see?
“Sometimes when people are on their phones, they aren’t aware of what’s around them and I’ll say their name but they’re so caught up in it and they don’t hear me.”
“You get addicted, even though there are games that may help you learn, there are still things that may cut you off from the world.”
“Friends are always on it; they only care about it, not you.”
“If you see someone with a bunch of likes on Instagram or Tik Tok you might think you are worse and change your personality.”
“I think that it makes people think about others wrong and they start to think that’s how it is in real life when it’s really not.”
“Some people at my school have been cyberbullied and they act sad a lot.”
How can you use technology to have a positive impact on the world?
“I can share good things faster, I can also use technology as a tool to help others.”
“Spread goodness. Share positive messages. Connect friends and family that live far away. Learn new and exciting information with others.”
How would STAND Week help you be safe with technology?
“Teach us lessons about the dangers. Gives us knowledge about the general subject also.”
“It would help me remember to be careful.”
“It would be a good help and good reminder when something on a device happens.”
“To help with the bad and put in good.”
“It might help me feel better about myself and want to explore the world.”
What concerns do you have about youth and technology?
“My main concerns center around what youth are exposed to online. There is an unlimited amount of access to things they are not, and should not, be prepared for. This includes everything from pornography to bullying to violence.”
“The ease with which they can access anything. How quickly they become attached. How difficult it is to set limits and boundaries.”
“Mainly the addictive nature and easy access to pornography. Also, my kids relying on social media for their self-esteem.”
“Our youth are vulnerable in getting into damaging relationships on the internet. Others are out there “grooming” elementary and middle-school children or teens.”
Why do you feel media safety education is important for youth and their parents/guardians?
“It is something that we can't ban or avoid. Being immersed in technology and media is their world. I think we need to learn how to make it as positive and respectful and responsible as possible. Even though parents may not feel as knowledgeable about current technologies, I think kids need the wisdom that comes with life experience.”
“Youth can inadvertently access harmful sites. Many parents and youth do not recognize the dangers on the Internet, even when they do, they may not know steps they can take to help their youth avoid dangerous sites.”
What do you like most about STAND Week?
“I love that it is student led!”
“I appreciate the incorporation of educating both parents and youth and encouraging conversation between them. The absolute best were the activities that not only educate the students, but get them thinking. The Stand Polls and Challenges were my favorite, but truly every aspect of this was incredibly well thought-out.”
“I love the messages that are being used to educate kids about media use.”
“I loved the emphasis on educating parents and giving them so much encouragement and responsibility.”
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