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        Internet Safety

        Internet Safety

        We would 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.
        1. 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 online elsewhere.
        2. 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.
        3. Make sure privacy settings are maximized.  Teach children to restrict posts to people they personally know and trust.
        4.  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.
        5.  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.
        6. 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 conduct.
        7.  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 Memorial.



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