Topic outline

  • Topic 1

    Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Lessons

    1st Grade:  Students in first grade have learned about Pumsy and clear mind thinking.  Pumsy lives in dinosaur canyon and has three moods or minds that she experiences.  Her Mud Mind describes when she feels sad or angry, her Clear Mind describes when Pumsy feels good about her self and others.  She feels like she makes good choices.  Lastly, Pumsy has a Sparkler Mind which describes when Pumsy works at being resilient when things are difficult.  She brainstorms ideas that will help her solve problems and persist in the face of difficulty.


    2nd Grade:  Students have been experiencing Second-Step lessons.  Second-Step in second grade focuses on learning and focus, emotional regulation and solving problems.  Students have learned the difference between hearing someone and truly listening to their message.  Lessons focus on body language as it relates to assertiveness and effective communication. 


    Presentations: This year I have had the opportunity to present and the Parenting Center.  The Parenting Center give the staff in Northport an opportunity to deliver workshops for parents on many different topics.  This year I delivered a workshop on internet safety for children.  I am also presenting an overview of Too Good For Drugs on January 14th for the Pulaski PTA.  Anthony Ferandino our district's drug and alcohol abuse counselor has been promoting the parent center format this year and has had great success with getting presenters to offer workshops that parents are interested in.

    SHARE- Students Helping and Relating to Each Other.  SHARE students have been to three Saturday retreats this year.  All events were filled with community activities and personal growth opportunities.  I'm so proud to have such great kids representing Pulaski.  Recently we met on Saturday at Pulaski while being joined by SHARE members from Fifth Avenue and Ocean Avenue schools.  Student had an amazing experience working with Long Island Cares.  We had a food drive and then a presentation that gave students are real feel for what it is like to request support from shelters and food pantries.  Each student was given a profile with a monthly salary and expenses.  Student had to use a financial cost worksheet to determine how much money they had left over after monthly expenses to purchase food.  Many students were very surprised when they learned about taxes, commuter expenses and doctors visits and their impact on their monthly budget.  However, students did have and opportunity to apply for emergency funding but they often had difficulty reading the application that was in another language.  After the simulation students reflected on how difficult many families lives can be when coping with poverty.  They were later able to make pretzels dipped in chocolate for children in a day program in Huntington.  It was a great lesson in empathy and expression!


    5th Grade Internet Safety And Cyber Bullying Lessons"


    Grades 3-5 will  receiving lessons on topics related to internet safety and cyberbullying.  The following topics are covered:


    ·       Cyberbullying-Students learn what it is and the connection to the Dignity for All Students Act.

    ·       Social Networking- Students learn all about the dangers and benefits of social networking sites.

    ·       Internet Safety- Students learn that unless you know the person in everyday life, the profile you see may not be the person on the screen.  Students learn the following three steps to address inappropriate experiences on the internet.

    1.    STOP- Stop communicating in every way with the inappropriate person.

    2.    BLOCK- Block the ability of that person to communicate with you again.

    3.    PRINT- Print all communications that were inappropriate so that you have evidence to show your parents and the authorities.

    ·       Netiquette- Students learn the appropriate manners expected when using different modes of communication via the internet.  The gain a better understanding of the use of emoticons to help clarify intended messages as well as the differences when typing emails as opposed to text messages.


    • Grades 3-5 will be doing the following projects:

    1.    Grade 3 will work as teams and create a poster highlighting one of the above names topics.

    2.    Grade 4 will be using a web based program called Glogster to create online posters that include graphics, links, videos and an avatar. 

    3.    Grade 5 will be working in groups to create a power point projects that includes information on all of the four elements of online safety listed above.  Additionally, they will have to imbed links, videos and graphics into their projects.

    Cyber Safety Newsletter:  

    Counselor’s Corner

    By James Durand


    We know what an amazing resource the internet can be in our everyday lives.  I’m also sure that you’ve heard of the dangers of the internet for children.  News programs often highlight stories of cyberbullying and its effects on children.  To address these concerns, students at Pulaski have had numerous lessons on internet safety and cyberbullying.  We began these lessons with an understanding of the benefits of technology.  I was amazed at how adept and knowledgeable students were with the use of technology.  In thirds grade more than half of each class used either DSI, skyping, email, facebook, webkinz, oovu or Xbox 360 to communicate with others online.

     As a group we defined and discussed cyberbullying and what to do if it occurs.  Lessons focused on the process of Stop, Block and Print when there is something they are exposed to that is inappropriate.  I suggested to the children that they print any inappropriate communications they may receive so parents can follow up and keep them safe.  In addition, the use of passwords and logins were discussed.  Students learned that they never share their passwords with anyone but their parents.  I even suggested not sharing them with brothers and sisters due to some sibling bullying that has manifests itself on websites such as webkinz.  Other lessons focused on never giving personal information out to anyone without parental permission.  And lastly, we discussed the use of video games and technology and the need to set time limits for their use.  Kids sitting inside on a sunny day playing video games online can be really unhealthy if there are no limits. 

    Thankfully parents and teachers at Pulaski are proactive and speak with their kids about the dangers of the internet as well its utility.   On Pulaski’s homepage I have posted a Family Pledge for online safety.   Please print it out and read it over as a family.  It has goals for kids and parents and will help set the tone for safe internet use.  Should you have further questions about how you can keep your child and family from being exposed to cyberbullying please do not hesitate to contact me at Pulaski 262-6854.


     Banana Splits:  Banana Splits groups meet weekly to discuss topics such as emotional management, loss, healthy choices and effective communication.



    • Grades 1-2 and 3-5 stress management.  Students learn strategies to help reduce stress.  All students create a flip book of strategies which includes guided imagery, mindfulness strategies, exercise protocol, diaphragmatic breathing, as well as music therapy.
    • Social Skills- Students will learn to enter and maintain social situations with peers.  Body language, impulsivity, and reciprocity are just a few of the topics covered in group.