Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education


SMACtalk logo Social Media Awareness Campaign

Student learning is a shared responsibility between schools and parents. Technology is transforming how and where students learn. The classroom has been extended to any location with an internet connection. As students spend more time learning and socializing online, we all need to work together to ensure our students stay healthy and safe. The Social Media Awareness Campaign (SMACtalk) was formed in response to this need. The purpose of SMACtalk is to bring awareness, provide resources, and increase communication for teachers, parents, and students.

Social Media Awareness for Teachers Social Media Awareness for Parents Social Media Awareness for Students

On the last day of each month, SMACtalk will release new content for each of the following themes:

  • August: Self-Assess Readiness & Introduction to SMACtalk
  • September: Online Etiquette (e.g., cyberbullying, upstanding)
  • October: Developing Healthy Virtual Relationships
  • November: Vetting Information
  • December: Privacy Protection (e.g., personal privacy, privacy of others)
  • January: Establishing an Online Presence (e.g., work, college recruitment, Digital Billboard)
  • February: Online Dangers (e.g., online predators, sexting)
  • March: Unplugging (e.g., setting limits)
  • April: Summer SMAC (e.g., staying connected, virtual learning opportunities, mental wellness)

Watch "ADE launches social media awareness campaign" on KATV

For more information, please contact:

Ray Girdler, Director of Technology Initiatives & Resources
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary & Secondary Education
Research and Technology
423 Main Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-4230
Fax: 501-682-3108

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Evan Patrick
Kristina Carnes
Alyson Courtney

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