West Hempstead Middle School students learned a valuable lesson in creating a safe and kind cyber community through “An Education in Cyber Civics,” a workshop presented by the Don’t Press Send campaign, on Jan. 10.

According to its website, the Don’t Press Send campaign provides children with strategies as they navigate the ever-changing technological world by promoting kind and careful online communication with the hope of preventing harm to them or others.

During the in-school assembly, campaign founder Katie Schumacher spoke about various aspects of online etiquette, including showing respect for others and knowing the rules and responsibilities by which all online users should oblige. She addressed the topics of creating healthy cellphone habits, being respectful of others’ privacy and understanding the consequences of social media misuse. She also shared true stories of colleges and universities that withheld scholarships and acceptance letters to incoming students because of their posts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other platforms.

At the conclusion of the assembly, the middle schoolers received a packet containing the “Don’t Press Send” pledge, which encourages students to establish healthy boundaries and guidelines with their parents.

The district provided this educational opportunity to assist students in their social-emotional growth by developing their cultural sensitivity and accountability for their personal actions.

The West Hempstead Middle School administration thanks the PTSA for organizing this informative assembly.