like to share some Internet Safety information with you. With cyber-bullying/harassment incidents on
the rise, please take some time to review and educate your students in social
network etiquette. The Internet has
changed the way we communicate, so it is imperative we share strategies with
young students to successfully navigate this medium. The following tips will hopefully create a
dialogue at home and school to develop good habits on the computer.
- Determine when to let your child use a
social network site. Use your
judgment to allow access based on each child’s maturity level and the nature of
the site he/she wishes to access. Trying
to block Internet access is unrealistic and the student will likely try to go
- Educate students in the use of use good
habits. Try to arrange time to be
with your child the first time he/she connects to new social sites. Set rules for them to adhere to and follow
them. Include rules such as never give
addresses, bus stop info, or school they attend.
- Make sure privacy settings are maximized. Teach children to restrict posts to people
they personally know and trust.
- Keep communication constant and continuous. Parents should always converse with students
about whom they talk with on-line and any troubling or disturbing content they
may see or receive.
- Keep guard of their on-line reputation. Remind students that future school
principals, college admission boards, and employers can see what they
post. Once items are on the Internet,
they are there forever.
- Report inappropriate behavior and comments
to the social networking site. These
sites have a complaint department for people to access in order to report bad
- Please be aware of what your
student is doing on-line. Help us keep
your children safe. For additional tips
to assist with on-line safety, access Safety Web or contact us here at Pelham