WAKEFIELD — With a goal to provide educators and law enforcement professionals with the tools they need to keep students safe online, the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth will be holding a “Student Cyber Risk-Taking and Potential Threats” conference later this month.
“Safety for students both online and in the real world is a huge priority for everyone,” said MPY Executive Director Margie Daniels. “We hope this conference will help make attendees aware of the potential dangers students may face online and teach them how to protect their students against them.”
Wednesday, March 18 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton
- State Rep. Claire Cronin, D-Plymouth, Chair of the Judiciary Committee
- Margie Daniels, Executive Director of Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth.
- Tyler Cote, Director of Education of Operation250
- Neil Shortland, Director of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at University of Massachusetts Lowell
- Sgt. Brian Gavioli of the Massachusetts State Police, Commonwealth Fusion Center, Massachusetts Cyber Security
- Dr. Meredith Gansner, Child Psychiatrist
With students spending more time online than ever before, this conference will explore students’ online behaviors and the threats they face in the digital realm. A keynote address by State Representative Claire Cronin, D-Plymouth, House Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, will provide an overview of cyber safety.
This conference features speakers from Operation 250 and the Massachusetts State Police, Commonwealth Fusion Center. A child psychiatrist will offer a perspective which emphasizes the psychology of youth and how this impacts youth participation in the cyber world.
Operation 250 is an innovative program at UMass-Lowell seeking to educate students, educators and law enforcement about online safety and how to most effectively protect themselves from encountering threatening material and individuals online. One of the primary goals of Operation 250 is to prevent radical extremism recruitment of youth. Speakers will share evidence-based research and real-life cases to help attendees create innovative ways to keep students safe online.
More than 100 participants are expected to attend the event, including school psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors, school resource officers and administrators.
The event is free of charge.
Register for the event here.
About the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc.
Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit 501.c(3) organization that provides training, fosters collaboration, and develops programming to increase the health and safety of students. MPY is committed to bringing cutting-edge information and high quality trainings to constituents and endeavors to provide solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and ideally eliminating risky behaviors for youth.
The nonprofit is governed by a Board of Directors made up of school superintendents, police and fire chiefs, and other community leaders who work closely with MPY staff to deliver this mission.
To learn more, visit www.mpyinc.org.