Point & Click to Prevention Using the Internet Gordon Dymowski  2004 Statewide Prevention Conference August 6, 2004
Goals of this Presentation <ul><li>Help use Internet resources as part of prevention  </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about pilot ...
In Your Folders… <ul><li>Copy of power point presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Information on safe surfing guidelines </li></...
Good or bad, Internet plays major role in our lives <ul><li>Access to massive amount of information </li></ul><ul><li>Inst...
Internet can counter some goals for prevention <ul><li>Bad/faulty information on Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Perception of ...
Search Engines & Meta-Engines   <ul><li>Search Engines – Yahoo!, Google, etc </li></ul><ul><li>“ Meta-engines”, e.g., dogp...
Search Ranking – Things to Keep In Mind <ul><li>Google – ranks according to hits on site as well as frequency of words </l...
Example of program using Internet: Jennings Middle School <ul><li>Part of Jennings C2000 Work Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Goal ...
Jennings – Initial Stages <ul><li>Determine shape of program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilize students in Stars & Heroes afte...
Challenges <ul><li>As program progressed, dealt with unique challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Half of students dropped out ...
Sample Questions  <ul><li>True or False:  When you smoke marijuana, it does not impair your driving  (False – cite crash s...
Jennings Project Recruit Online Research Team Contest Final Rounds FEB MAR APR 3 10 17 24 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 27 Question...
Jennings Project - Outcomes <ul><li>13 students who completed the program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Four runners up – scholars...
Jennings – Lessons Learned <ul><li>With some structure, you can create a fun project involving research </li></ul><ul><li>...
Other Internet Resources: E-mail lists <ul><li>Maximum Output </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can reach large number individually </...
Blogging <ul><li>“ Webblogging” – online journal </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs becoming very popular </li></ul><ul><li>Alternati...
Other Free Internet Resources <ul><li>Blogging/Online Journaling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.blogger.com </li></ul></ul><ul>...
For More Information… <ul><li>See the handout in your packet entitled “Free Internet & Computer Resources” </li></ul>
Safe Surfing - Tools <ul><li>Software – there are various software packages that allow you to “block” certain sites </li><...
Safe Surfing - Guidelines <ul><li>Never give out personal information over internet </li></ul><ul><li>When in doubt, do no...
In Folders, Information on “Safety Net” <ul><li>Provide more in-depth information for parents </li></ul><ul><li>General sa...
Questions???? <ul><li>Please don’t be shy – chances are the question you ask is the one that everyone wants answered </li>...
Thanks for coming today! <ul><li>Please turn in evaluations  </li></ul><ul><li>Please feel free to contact me during or af...
My Contact Information <ul><li>Gordon Dymowski </li></ul><ul><li>NCADA </li></ul><ul><li>8790 Manchester </li></ul><ul><li...
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Point and Click to Prevention

  1. 1. Point & Click to Prevention Using the Internet Gordon Dymowski 2004 Statewide Prevention Conference August 6, 2004
  2. 2. Goals of this Presentation <ul><li>Help use Internet resources as part of prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about pilot program </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about free internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Outline “safe surfing” techniques </li></ul>
  3. 3. In Your Folders… <ul><li>Copy of power point presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Information on safe surfing guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>List of web sites (may need updating) </li></ul><ul><li>Other related information </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Good or bad, Internet plays major role in our lives <ul><li>Access to massive amount of information </li></ul><ul><li>Instantaneous communication </li></ul><ul><li>More relaxed learning pace </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths can also be weaknesses </li></ul>
  5. 5. Internet can counter some goals for prevention <ul><li>Bad/faulty information on Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Perception of Internet as difficult to use </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriateness of material </li></ul><ul><li>Excess of information – where to begin? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Search Engines & Meta-Engines <ul><li>Search Engines – Yahoo!, Google, etc </li></ul><ul><li>“ Meta-engines”, e.g., dogpile.com, are “search engines for search engines” </li></ul><ul><li>Sites geared just for youth – thecoolspot.gov, freevibe.com, thetruth.com </li></ul><ul><li>When in doubt, go to the “About Us” page </li></ul>Group Exercise Take out of your packet the two printed internet sites and read them. Ask yourself what point of view are they trying to connote, and which one seems more “objective”
  7. 7. Search Ranking – Things to Keep In Mind <ul><li>Google – ranks according to hits on site as well as frequency of words </li></ul><ul><li>On sites like Yahoo!, can pay to have higher ranking </li></ul><ul><li>It is crucial to have critical skills and be able to determine good sites from bad sites </li></ul><ul><li>Example – search for “youth tobacco prevention” found following rankings: </li></ul>
  8. 8. Example of program using Internet: Jennings Middle School <ul><li>Part of Jennings C2000 Work Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Goal of program: To create a program that would teach middle school students to use the Internet to find prevention information and apply it within own curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Eight week time frame for implementation of program (even though scheduled for six week time frame) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Jennings – Initial Stages <ul><li>Determine shape of program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilize students in Stars & Heroes after school program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decided on game show format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Break down project into schedule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consulted with another Support Center on similar program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drew Up Formal Proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Began program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial size – 30 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Met for one hour twice a week </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Challenges <ul><li>As program progressed, dealt with unique challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Half of students dropped out due to timing conflicts/lack of interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School schedule & emergencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students needed to learn how to tell good/valid information from “propaganda” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Range of information – different sites might provide variations on a theme </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Sample Questions <ul><li>True or False: When you smoke marijuana, it does not impair your driving (False – cite crash statistics) </li></ul><ul><li>How many different chemicals are there in cigarettes? (4000) </li></ul><ul><li>How long does it take the human body on average to metabolize one alcoholic drink? (approximately one hour) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Jennings Project Recruit Online Research Team Contest Final Rounds FEB MAR APR 3 10 17 24 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 27 Questions Written
  13. 13. Jennings Project - Outcomes <ul><li>13 students who completed the program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Four runners up – scholarship to conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One grand prize winner –scholarship to conference for self & friend w/studio time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information (bookmarks, pens, CD-ROMS) distributed </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking exercise & other research skills integrated into curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Two students not part of S & H program asked to be included </li></ul>
  14. 14. Jennings – Lessons Learned <ul><li>With some structure, you can create a fun project involving research </li></ul><ul><li>Have kids who want to do the project </li></ul><ul><li>Adult moderator should write questions – have tougher questions for elimination rounds </li></ul><ul><li>Continually reinforce positive behavior and serve as role model </li></ul>
  15. 15. Other Internet Resources: E-mail lists <ul><li>Maximum Output </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can reach large number individually </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of communication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-mail is readily accessible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Various free e-mail providers (www.emailaddresses.com) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some free listservs (like Yahoo Groups!) are advertiser supported </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dependent on online access, even to external sources (like library) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Blogging <ul><li>“ Webblogging” – online journal </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs becoming very popular </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative journalism “resource” in recent Gulf War </li></ul><ul><li>Online newsletter & gain traffic (with some footwork) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Other Free Internet Resources <ul><li>Blogging/Online Journaling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.blogger.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great way to continually update </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tech Soup </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specializes in technology & non-profits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.techsoup.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Freeware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.freewareweb.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caution – some contain spyware – free ways to eliminate that as well </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. For More Information… <ul><li>See the handout in your packet entitled “Free Internet & Computer Resources” </li></ul>
  19. 19. Safe Surfing - Tools <ul><li>Software – there are various software packages that allow you to “block” certain sites </li></ul><ul><li>Internet providers – provide similar blocking services or “parental controls” (e.g., Earthlink) </li></ul><ul><li>Browsers – some browsers are very kid-friendly (e.g., Surf Monkey) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Safe Surfing - Guidelines <ul><li>Never give out personal information over internet </li></ul><ul><li>When in doubt, do not click </li></ul><ul><li>Internet - great opportunity for parents/adults & youth </li></ul>
  21. 21. In Folders, Information on “Safety Net” <ul><li>Provide more in-depth information for parents </li></ul><ul><li>General safe surfing techniques for families </li></ul><ul><li>Best of all, it’s free! </li></ul><ul><li>516-4332 or safetynetcoordinator @yahoo.com </li></ul>
  22. 22. Questions???? <ul><li>Please don’t be shy – chances are the question you ask is the one that everyone wants answered </li></ul>
  23. 23. Thanks for coming today! <ul><li>Please turn in evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Please feel free to contact me during or after the conference with further questions </li></ul>
  24. 24. My Contact Information <ul><li>Gordon Dymowski </li></ul><ul><li>NCADA </li></ul><ul><li>8790 Manchester </li></ul><ul><li>St Louis MO 63144 </li></ul><ul><li>(314) 962-3456 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: (314) 968-7394 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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