MacGregor coordinates Cyber Safety presentations in Rockford middle schools

Rep. Peter MacGregor shakes hands with East Rockford Middle School Principal Mike Ramm during a cyber-safety presentation that MacGregor coordinated for students on December 2, 2011.

State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, recently coordinated presentations on cyber safety for sixth- through eighth-grade students at East and North Rockford middle schools.

The presentations, customized through the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI), inform students about common Internet predator techniques and appropriate responses to cyber bullying.

Students are cautioned about revealing personal information on social networking sites. They also are taught not to share inappropriate material via cell phones, while learning about the long-term consequences that can result. The presentation incorporates several videos to drive home the importance of being responsible online.

“It’s important that our children understand the dangers of the Internet,” MacGregor said. “When I learned of the CSI program, I knew Rockford students could benefit from the important information, and I’m pleased that we were able to coordinate this great opportunity for them. Thanks to the Michigan CSI, Rockford students will be safer on the Internet this year.”

The Michigan CSI program was piloted in 2007 by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. Since the program’s launch, it has been presented to more than 640,000 students in Michigan.

For additional information, along with handouts and resources, visit the Michigan CSI website at www.michigan.gov/csi.

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