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Keith Deltano holds assemblies around district, suggests parents download several apps

Keith Deltano, creator of the anti-bullying curriculum "The Complete Anti-Bullying Kit," presented educational comedy on anti-bullying to students at the three schools within Colton School District on Thursday, Nov. 21.

"Colton schools are grand, phenomenal, the schools are immaculate," Deltano said. "Your students are perfectly respectful and after the programs, several kids came up to me to say thank you. There was time between assemblies for me to meet with several students." 

During the evening, Deltano hosted an assembly for parents to teach ways to help their students deflect bullying by instilling in them the traits of identity, competence and confidence.

He also gave a list of four ways to protect kids from the influence of social media bullying and poor choices.

First, download an internet filter that restricts or controls the content an Internet user is capable to access. Second, put a phone monitoring app in place. These are free from your cell phone provider and allow parents to track and monitor phone data. Third, download Life 360 which is a location-based app and allows parents to track where their student is. He finished the presentation with the advice, "discipline without love equals rebellion."

Having Deltano come to Colton schools to talk about anti-bullying was the brainchild of Stephanie Thompson, who contacted Deltano at the end of September. Colton Boosters sponsored his trip and speaking fees, and Colton School District provided the middle and high school with a video subscription of Deltano's work. To find out more about Deltano, you can check out his website at    

A young man who held the door open for me as I left the assembly said he had been part of the middle-school assembly earlier in the day. He said all the students listened, laughed and learn.

"He is very inspirational," the student said.

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