The Midwest Regional Educational Service Center tackled several tough topics during the Choices Program at Indian Lake Middle School recently.
The day-long activity featured speakers from the community presenting to Indian Lake Middle School and Riverside 8th graders topics that included making good choices related to values, texting, social media conduct, self-confidence, respecting yourself and others, conflict management, family life, diversity, healthy living, stress management and more.
In the session on social media responsibility, Andrea Rodenberger of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office described the dangers of sexting.
She said when sexting involves minors, it’s child pornography and a major crime for minors who produce (take the picture) possess (keep it on their phone/device) and disseminate it (send it to someone else).
“We have super sneaky tools, so even if you delete it, it’s still there,” she said. “We can tell who had it, when they got it, and when they deleted it.” Rodenberger went on to say that if a minor is convicted of felonies related to sexting, that child could be labeled as a sex offender.
In the session on diversity, Kelli Bader of the Logan County Board of DD asked for a volunteer to pour a bottle of water into a cup to understand what being blind is like and how difficult simple tasks can be when living with a disability.
In the past, the MRESC and local volunteers presented similar information to 20 select 7th and 8th grade students every year as part of quarterly Youth Leadership training. However, MRESC and school officials felt the information was so important that it should be shared with every student. Several local businesses support the Choices program by presenting and/or making donations. Bellefontaine Middle School students experienced the Choices program in early October, while Benjamin Logan 8th graders will see the presentations in November.
Submitted by event planners.