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The students definitely seem to have an increased perception as to the harm and risk factors associated with substance use/abuse and seems to again correlate with our increased reports.
Based on the kids reactions in the classes taught, their perception of the dangers/risks was increased
There is much more awareness of harm/risks as well as clearing up misconception about vaping, alcohol, drugs
Following initial lessons, Students voiced a greater awareness of the need for good decision making and acknowledgement of peer pressure
Students had no idea about the harm of taking drugs, alcohol, or vaping until we implemented the Substance Use program. It opened their eyes.
The work you do at DFI to put together usable training and programs makes it easier for me to get information out to families
Thank you for your efforts putting this together. I believe digital citizenship is likely the largest contributing factor affecting student behaviors in our schools and communities today. These programs nailed it!
The most benefit I’ve seen has been for parents in our school district. I’m also working with our superintendent on implementing this programming district wide for the 20/21 school year.
Some kids opened up about their parents abusing drugs and how they don’t want to be like them. Lessons were eye openers.
I had an 8th grade student who reported to her parents that she was being abused by her high school boyfriend. She told her parents that she sat in my class and became aware that she was being victimized and what was occurring- She was able to get help in time… Knowledge is power!!!
The videos provide to help strengthen some of the topics. They help break up presentations as well.
Easy way to get into the classroom and assemblies when there is an easy to use and good presentation already made for you
The lessons have played a huge role in keeping our school as drug free as possible. I had 4 students report drug cases in 1 week which seems to be attributed to their knowledge and awareness gained from the substance curriculum
The lessons are effective, particularly with the younger kids
We tested DFI alongside the
I had a student who was selling vape pens and getting into vaping because of of skate culture. After the Substance Use class he has changed his perspective and to my and his parents knowledge has stopped messing with vapes
A success story for me happened during a presentation when a student voiced his disagreement with one of the slides about addiction. He worded the disagreement in a very straightforward way and it allowed us to have a dialogue about the slide. He was able to bring “hypothetical” examples up and I could counter them with facts and research. I don’t think this student had ever been in a position to voice his opinion about this and to have an honest conversation about it, especially with a police officer. This student and I continued to have an honest and respectful relationship after the training and I think the training opportunity really helped with that.
This is impactful! Some of our students who had parents that vape asked to share the information with their families and educated them on the dangers.
We teach some substance abuse curriculum, but primarily focus on socio-emotional curriculums. This program really helps us focus upstream, working with students well before identified problems occur.
Students were attentive in class and asked questions (actually had many students come up and say they learned something)
The teachers love it and positive feedback from the kids.
Students have shared experiences they learned in class. One particular student actually had an online predator attempt to lure her. Because of the lessons, she realized what was happening and got help.
As a benefit, I’ve noticed significant Student growth and knowledge on these topics
This program definitely opens the communication doors with students. Something we have not been able to do well in the past
Through ICAC, we instruct SROs who have to use this curriculum. We are able to teach them and then let them use these programs consistently across the disctirct saving them prep time and keeping everyone up to date.
I contniue to have positive input / feedback from students, parents and staff about the impact of DFi at our school
Since starting the DFI program in our schools, we have noticed better relationship with students and a decrease in crimes as covered in the programs.
A benefit from having DFI curriculum is an increase in communication among parents and a substantial increase in communication between kids and parents.
The consistent message being taught through every classroom is great and its helped both teachers and students to understand each other better
We have recorded lower vaping, sexting and bullying issues as a result of this program in our school.
I have had several students say that they are happier online and feel more in control after realizing how the apps work and how they are designed be addictive and keep them engaged.
Following a DFi class, a student reported a sex offender attempt to contact them on line resulting in an arrest
The program and the subsequent interaction with the kids help to build a strong bond in the school community between students, staff and LE.
I get a lot of positive feedback from parents after the parent academy
We are having lower amounts of reported bullying as a result of the program
I use the resources for parents almost daily. It has been extremely helpful / useful.
A parent told me she was going to stop using the phone when her kids were home. She said her kids were losing time with her because of her addiction. She said her kids fight less and there is more peace in the home since she put her phone and computer away at home.
Great updated information. I’ve seen the greatest impact on my parents as they have been unaware of most of the information.
Following the lessons, Kids were more aware of the possibility of their future been affected as a result of digital residue they were creating now. Their attitudes and awareness have changed.
Students have referenced the lessons taught when reporting to their parents or school administrators.
This is the first year teaching DFI. As the School Resource Officer and this only being my first year at the school, Iunderstand they are experiencing less issues over social media than last year.
Understanding digital rights and responsibilities helps student to make better choices.
I believe that it made a difference but it is hard for us to measure
It has opened the door to a lot more questions on the subjects between the students and myself.
I’m a fan of all of it
Many kids are shocked when they here about some of the stories pertaining to digital citizenship. Your real life stories really help kids understand how they can make better decisions..
I have a lot of students tell me they were asked by someone online to send nude photos and they did not because of my lessons.
We have a very low percentage of vape offenders compared to other local schools. We run DFi’s Substance Use program here.
I love the distracted driving lesson. The digital citizenship lesson is great too
After teaching the DFI program for a year, we have had a decrease in cyber-bullying reports.
The DFi Program is just a good way to get in the classes and talk to students about different things and interact with them
We had less referrals to our agency for bullying/ peer related issues.
I am enoying the program and finding it hugely informative
I have seen the students address issues about using internet with each other
I find it easier to open conversations with parents and students
Relevant and current material. Thank you
I believe the vaping info was very useful in explaining the dangers where there were little to none perceived beforehand.
I feel that the substance abuse lesson is a good way for us to provide factual information to students regardless of where they are on the use scale. For students who don’t use, it’s a way to solidify their decision to abstain from it. For those students who do use, it’s a way for them to have honest facts so that they can be safe and smart going forward.
We have seen an increase in perception of risk in all areas as a result of the Substance Use program
Several students compliment me every time I teach this program. When is the last time that happened to you?
With DFI, we have definitely noticed more students reporting sexting initially but a strong decrease in sexting cases as the year went on.
So important with the emotional intelligence ties throughout the curriculum
It is all at your fingertips (statistics/videos/etc.), well done all around
I appreicate the standardized curriculum with current videos.
I teach this to a lot of different classes and the Teachers and Admin are all happy with presentations – and it’s relevant to students – who all love it too
This is extremely relevant information for what today’s youth and parents are facing
Benefits after implementing the DFi Progam across our schools: Better rapport with kids and parents after teaching. Victims (students) are reporting now. Parents are providing intel to officers. Parents are given the courage/knowledge and tools to have open conversations with their kids. Teachers also love the time to plan additional activities and build the message on the lessons throughout further instruction.
From our Parent Academies, I’ve noticed an Increased awareness of parents to be more involved with devices
Online Training is a Great Resource! Takes the guesswork out of the best way to teach these lessons.
The lessons are up-to-date and very relevant information shared in the context of the students’ world and language.
The lessons are a great format and the videos and slides are well done and useful
Digital Citizenship courses are spot on: Students seemed to realize how much time they were spending on devices and agreed to find time to put them down.
What I like most is the consistency of the information across the courses, and the notes and outlines to teach the classes as they are supposed to be taught.
Parent Acedemies are great for informing parents of the hidden risks online. We all know the obvious stuff but most have had their eyes opened to a much deeper need to monitor our kids digital footprint.
The lessons are packaged up really well. It’s everything you need to be successful in the classroom.
I like the fresh perspective to teach from and the visuals.
I love the up to date and organized presentations