PBL students, their parents to hear program about 'digital expectations' next week

PAXTON — A representative of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office will speak to students and their parents about “digital expectations” — including things kids should or should not do using their wireless devices — next week at PBL High School and PBL Junior High School.

Christine Feller, of the attorney general’s office’s High-Tech Crimes Bureau, will spend the whole day on Thursday, Sept. 4, speaking to PBL Junior High School students before giving a presentation to parents at 7 that night in the commons area.

The parent presentation immediately follows an open house for both PBL Junior High and PBL High School, which runs from 6-7 p.m.

The parent presentation will focus on “things to make parents more aware of their children’s use of phones, maybe even possibly apps they can install to protect their children and monitor their use,” PBL Junior High School Principal Josh Didier said.

During the school day on Sept. 4, Feller will meet with all sixth-graders as a group during their 9th hour in the commons area. Her talk with those students will be “more directed at them as students” and what they should or should not be doing on their phones, Didier said. She will also be meeting with small groups of seventh- and eighth-graders throughout the day.

At each grade level, “she’s going to tailor” her presentation “to the age of the kid,” Didier said.

On Sept. 3, Feller will be at the high school to meet with each class of students, starting with freshmen.

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