What harms of
media do you see?

"I think media makes people think about others wrong and they start to think that's how it is in real life when it's really not." - Sara, 13

"If you see someone else with a bunch of "likes" on social media, you might think you are worse and change your personality." - Trilisha, 12

"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." - Barrett, 14

"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." - Meyers, 13

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." - Cade, 14

"I can connect with friends and family that live far away." - Dax, 11

"Spread goodness and share positive messages." - Sonia, 12

"Learn new and exciting information and have the ability to share it with others." - Megan, 13

How did STAND Week empower you to
make positive
choices online?

"The program was a good reminder of what to do when something bad happens on a device." - Maddie, 13

"It helped me feel better about myself and want to go out and explore the world." - Brevin, 11

"It helped me remember to be careful when I am on any media devices."
- Hailey, 11

"I loved the messages of the day. Each one gave me something new to apply and work on in my life." - Tristan, 14

What concerns do
you have about youth and technology?

"There is an unlimited amount of access to things kids are not, and should not, be prepared for. This includes everything from pornography to bullying to violence." - Parent

"Our youth are vulnerable in getting into damaging relationships on the internet. Others are out there “grooming” elementary and middle-school children or teens." - Counselor

"I worry about the ease with which they can access anything, how quickly they become attached and how difficult it is to set limits and boundaries." - Teacher

"Mainly the addictive nature and easy access to pornography. Also, my kids relying on social media for their self-esteem." - Parent

Why do you feel
media safety education is important for youth and their parents?

"I am not sure guardians are completely aware of the risks and are uncertain of how to set limits and educate their children of the dangers. I believe it's important for youth to gain this same understanding so they are informed consumers of the media they are accessing on a daily basis." - Parent

"Whether we like it or not, technology is a way of life. The best way to solve a problem is through education and support." - Counselor

"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." - Teacher

"Constantly being connected is a new frontier in the history of humankind. How we use it will affect generations to come." - Teacher

What is your favorite part of STAND Week?

"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." - Parent

"I love the messages that are being used to educate kids about media use." Counselor

"I loved the emphasis on educating parents and giving them so much encouragement and responsibility." - Teacher

"I appreciate that the program is led by students, for their peers!" - Teacher