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CYO Students Learn Importance Of Internet Safety

FULTON, NY – Participants in Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s CYO Summer Program now have a better understanding of how to safely use the internet and avoid unpleasant experiences and unwanted attention thanks to a special presentation by counselors Shelley Merritt and Marjorie Storrs of Catholic Charities’ School Based Mental Health Program.

Merritt and Storrs spoke with children ages 7 through 14 and as they discussed the many benefits as well as the pitfalls of the internet.

Shelley Merritt, (standing left) and Marjorie Storrs (standing right) of Catholic Charities’ School Based Mental Health Program discuss internet safety youth in the CYO Summer Recreation Program. Seated from left are: Thomas Dunn, Allyson Hamilton, and Breann Foss.
Shelley Merritt, (standing left) and Marjorie Storrs (standing right) of Catholic Charities’ School Based Mental Health Program discuss internet safety youth in the CYO Summer Recreation Program. Seated from left are: Thomas Dunn, Allyson Hamilton, and Breann Foss.

“It can be difficult for young people to fully understand the scope of the internet and the consequences that their actions on the internet can lead to. It is important that they grasp the concept that once they hit enter or click send, that information can be accessed by people all over the world and may stay accessible forever. It was a real eye-opening experience for them and they were quite surprised with what they learned,” said Merritt.

The Summer Recreation Program is offered free of charge to children ages 7 to 14 in Oswego County and is held Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children enjoy a variety of special events and activities designed to aid them in learning good sportsmanship, how to work as a team, positive interaction with peers and staff, and meeting and making new friends.

Activities in the program include daily recreational activities, outdoor recreation at local parks, special presentations and awareness groups, arts and crafts, a reading program for 7-10 year olds, and other fun activities.

Children may attend the program, daily or weekly if they choose too.

The program is funded in part by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the NYS Office of Children and Families, and the City-County Youth Bureau of Oswego County.

For more information, call Jim Smiley, CYO director at 598-3980 ext 254.