L-W West hosts Social Media Safety Presentation for students
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Social Media Safety is a big topic for teens so Lincoln-Way West invited Det. Richard Wistocki to present some helpful facts to their students in conjunction with their West Test Day.

At Lincoln-Way West, we feel that social media safety is an extremely important and pertinent topic for our students. In fact, our Asset of the month for November always includes information about Internet Safety, stated Christine Petrovski, West social worker.

West presented to their freshmen, sophomores and seniors, a program written and presented by Detective Richard Wistocki, called Cyber Guide for Teens. Wistocki primarily works for the Naperville police, in addition he works part-time for Jim Glasgow, Will County States Attorney. The States Attorney Office funded his presentation at West and any he gives in Will County.

Stalking is a federal crime. No one online is anonymous. You can get help, Det. Rich Wistocki told all students.

The students were very attentive during the presentation, hearing information about their own cyber safety from a real expert in the field, stated Dr. Monica Schmitt, principal.

Students found Officer Wistocki very approachable, realistic and very funny. He had their full attention from the moment he started, noted Petrovski.

The Cyber Safety presentation is one that was presented to students during our West Test Day. The students and faculty have learned a lot already this year to guide them through the social media issues of our time, noted Schmitt.

This is the 6th year for West Test Day. All juniors took a retired ACT test in preparation for the ACT exam they will take on March 3 this year. The freshmen and sophomores took the PLAN test in preparation of the ACT they take as juniors.

Seniors are offered a choice of workshops ranging from topics of Scholarships, Personal Finance, and Stress Relief, in addition to the Cyber Guide for Teens presentation.

The Scholarship workshop gives students instructions about finding scholarships online to help finance college. This workshop is given by a college representative. Personal Finance is given by Ron Sawin, Assistant Superintendent of Finance for the Lincoln-Way District 210, and a former mathematics teacher. Sawin talks to students about saving money and finance issues when they attend college. The third workshop is Stress Relief with Exercise, given by Michael Villa, Physical Education, Health and Drivers Ed department chair. Villa gives students exercise routines to help them deal with stress.