A Note from Mrs. Ross

Keeping kids safe in cyberspace


            With today's technology at their disposal, school-age children can quickly learn so much about the topics they're studying in class, as well as those that interest them most. Computers and the Internet are dramatically changing the way even the youngest students are now learning.

             Children are still children, no matter how savvy they are with the high-tech tools they use in school and at home. As enriching as computers and other technologies can be, they can also carry potential dangers. Just as children are required to wear helmets when biking, they need protection and adult guidance when working with today's technologies.     

             To ensure that children are using computers in safe and age-appropriate ways, parents need to educate themselves about the benefits and risks of the tools their children use. The Internet offers a variety of Web-based resources for families, including www.staysafe.org.  Additionally, school technology supervisors, school resource officers and public and private agencies offer these suggestions to help families make their children's tech time safe and rewarding:

·         Place the computer your children use in a common space, not in a bedroom or other out-of-the-way place. In many families, children are only allowed to use the computer when parents are at home and are required to ask before using the computer, both for homework and pleasure. This can help you be more aware of when they are online and what they are doing.

·         Preview the Web sites your children visit. At school, computers have blocking software that eliminates the possibility of children stumbling onto inappropriate sites. Little Clickers (www.littleclickers.com) and the American Library Association (www.ala.org/parentspage/greatsites/) offer a host of family-friendly suggestions.

·         Become an informed software consumer. Although there is wonderful software available for children of all ages, some can be sexually suggestive, violent or educationally lacking or may contain advertising.

·         Before you buy, read software reviews and, if possible, preview the software. Many stores will allow you to try out software before you purchase. Parenting magazines and Web sites such as The Children's Technology Review, www.childrenssoftware.com, and Common Sense Media, www. commonsensemedia.org, are good resources for software reviews and information.

·         Instruct children to never give out personal information online. This is particularly important for children in the upper elementary grades and early middle school years who may begin using the Internet with less supervision, communicating with friends online and managing their own Web pages.                                                                    

   -Mrs. Krista L. Ross

In closing, be sure to spend quality time with your loved ones this Christmas season. I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.    

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-Address change form (you will need to fill this out if your residence changes throughout the school year

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-current & past monthly newsletters

-School calendar (2016-2017)

-Supply list (2016-2017)

-Extended absence form (planned vacations)

-and the Student Handbook (2016-2017)

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