The safety and civility of our students as they join the social world online has become a major issue. Social networking sites are blocked in our school environment but online activities from their home computers and SmartPhones are beginning to influence their behavior towards others at school, sometimes in a positive way, sometimes in a negative way.
Student participation in Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites opens a whole new world where they can express themselves, make new friends, communicate freely, bully others, be bullied, and expose themselves physically and mentally to both safe and unsafe contacts.
We in the Carter County School System will make every attempt to teach and stress safe use of the Internet, both in school and at home. An Acceptable Use Policy is sent home with every child and must be returned signed by a parent giving the student the priviledge of using the internet at school. Computer lab teachers, librarians, and media specialists include lessons on Internet Safety in their curriculum.
The following links will take parents and other care-givers to sites with age appropriate lessons, videos, games, activities, and other resources you can use to make your children aware of the possible dangers lurking in the most innocent-seeming places.
What are teens doing with their phones? Do they know their location can be tracked from the pictures they post? Find out how to make your child more aware of situations and dangers.
Parents and children need to work together to remain safe online.
A few things to know before beginning online transactions
This is a vendor published whitepaper with valuable infomation about internet usage in 2010-2011. It is a sales pitch but based on very real situations and conditions. Worth the read!!
Common Sense Media
Resources to help you identify, respond to, and report bullying. Has videos and articles on how we can each participate in stopping bullying.
Online Safety tips
Aims to help parents manage their children's media lives. Includes reviews of current movies.
News, guidelines, and tips for online safety.