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Internet, Social Media Awareness, Resources and Training (#iSMART)
#iSMART educates youth about the dangers, risks, and threats the Internet and social media pose for them today and in the future.
The program is a collaboration with the Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento County Probation Department, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and Sacramento Police Department.
#iSMART is unique in that it is an interactive presentation, designed for kids to be an active participant in the learning process. A prosecutor and law enforcement officer use visual storyboards depicting several scenarios, including cyberbullying, sexting, sextortion, online strangers and stalkers, and gang activity online. Throughout the scenarios, facilitators ask thought provoking questions to get students thinking and talking about what they post, how quickly pictures or texts spread, how easily stalkers or predators can find them, and the short and long term consequences. Potential civil and criminal legal consequences are also discussed.
#iSMART is geared toward middle and high school students. There is also a parent component to educate and provide parents with tools and resources to help them protect their children.
Both presentations are available through participating schools or by request from community groups 25 to 40 in size. Requests for either presentation can be submitted online through the District Attorney’s Speakers Bureau.