New group aims to address responsible social media use
RIDGELY — A newly organized group is bringing together representatives of several Caroline County agencies to work towards helping alleviate some of the problems associated with misuse of the internet and social media.
Growing Responsible Educated Electronic Neighborhoods (GREEN) began meeting monthly in July.
Its members, including employees of the public school system, local law enforcement and other county departments, have developed a mission statement — to provide information, support and resources to all Caroline County citizens in order to become safe, respectful and responsible digital citizens.
Dr. Jim Orr, of Caroline County Public Schools, said the idea for the group was conceived to address issues that have cropped up in schools as social media use has risen.
“But it’s not restricted to schools,” Orr said. “Adults have social media issues too.”
The group most recently met Thursday, Sept. 21, at North Caroline High School.
Amy Shepler, academic technology integration coach for Caroline County Public Schools, introduced the group to www. commonsensemedia.org, a website maintained by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that provides information and advice on apps, TV shows, movies and more.
Shepler said tip sheets, based on age-appropriate information from Common Sense Media, have been distributed to elementary, middle and high school students throughout the county.
The group discussed its next step: Planning the first parent information nights, one each in the northern and southern ends of the county. The suggested topic for the first such meetings was “sexting” and sending nude photographs, an issue that is becoming increasingly prevalent among students.
It was also suggested the group form two smaller committees, one to focus on planning the parent information nights, and another to focus on building GREEN’s presence on social media platforms.
GREEN’s next meeting is at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the Caroline County Board of Education’s central office on Franklin Street in Denton.