Cell Phones

Cell Phones in school

Each class has a different policy, but some are universal.
1- Students should not text/snap/post while in class.   If you need to reach your child during school hours call the office and they will call them down or take a message.  
When you text them you are breaking the rules ... if its that important ... an emergency ..call the school.
2- Beckwith does not have an ok to use zone.  They can't be used in the hall, in the bathroom or in the lunchroom.   
Teachers sometimes let them use them in class for educational purposes only.
My policy is dock down.  Students who must have phones in every class... can bring them to my class but they must be off and screen down on the desk.  If I see the phone hidden or if a phone goes off and it is not docked down ..I take the phone.  They receive a lunch detention and you must pick the phone up from the office. 
Cell Phones in school

Technology is keeping them from sleeping

A new study finds that many teens are waking up in the middle of the night to check social media.
Kids tell us most of them are on the phones and intent all night... and 
the parents seem to have no clue.   Don't be afraid to remove devices from the bedroom and/or unplug the WiFi.
Why Parents Should Ban Smartphones From Their Kids' Bedrooms

Sample Cell Phone home contract

1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren't I the greatest?
2. I will always know the password.
3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads "Mom" or "Dad." Not ever.
4. Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30 p.m. every school night and every weekend night at 9:00 p.m. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30 a.m. If you would not make a call to someone's land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected.
5. It does not go to school with you. Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It's a life skill. *Half days, field trips and after school activities will require special consideration.
6. If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs. Mow a lawn, babysit, stash some birthday money. It will happen, you should be prepared.
7. Do not use this technology to lie, fool, or deceive another human being. Do not involve yourself in conversations that are hurtful to others. Be a good friend first or stay the hell out of the crossfire.
8. Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.
9. Do not text, email, or say anything to someone that you would not say out loud with their parents in the room. Censor yourself.
10. No porn. Search the web for information you would openly share with me. If you have a question about anything, ask a person -- preferably me or your father.
11. Turn it off, silence it, put it away in public. Especially in a restaurant, at the movies, or while speaking with another human being. You are not a rude person; do not allow the iPhone to change that.
12. Do not send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else's private parts. Don't laugh. Someday you will be tempted to do this despite your high intelligence. It is risky and could ruin your teenage/college/adult life. It is always a bad idea. Cyberspace is vast and more powerful than you. And it is hard to make anything of this magnitude disappear -- including a bad reputation.
13. Don't take a zillion pictures and videos. There is no need to document everything. Live your experiences. They will be stored in your memory for eternity.
14. Leave your phone home sometimes and feel safe and secure in that decision. It is not alive or an extension of you. Learn to live without it. Be bigger and more powerful than FOMO (fear of missing out).
15. Download music that is new or classic or different than the millions of your peers that listen to the same exact stuff. Your generation has access to music like never before in history. Take advantage of that gift. Expand your horizons.
16. Play a game with words or puzzles or brain teasers every now and then.
17. Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a stranger. Wonder without googling.
18. You will mess up. I will take away your phone. We will sit down and talk about it. We will start over again. You and I, we are always learning. I am on your team. We are in this together.
To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love 

Dangers

    * If you have children and you do not need to have a webcam, do not have one on your computer.
    * If you have a computer with a webcam, keep it in a common room, not in a child's bedroom.
    * Teach your children to use webcams only to communicate with people they know.
    * When you are not using your webcam, put the lens cap on or unplug it.
    * Make sure children understand that what they do on a webcam is not necessarily private. Teach them to never do anything in front of a webcam that they wouldn't want the entire world to see.
    * Don't post your webcam URL on the Web.
    * Teach children about the dangers of posting personal information and pictures online.
    * Teach children to not respond to instant messages or emails from strangers.

The Dangers of Webcams

The generation constantly online

Most students have Instigram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter to name a few.... This is the place were peer pressure rules and harassment begins..  This website is loaded with info for parents, check it out 
Social Networking
Sites
MARC Parent Handout pdf file