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Keeping you Informed
Online Tips for the Holidays
As we are on the cusp of Winter Break, I want to take the opportunity to share some information and tips regarding online and social media safety. Whether it's because they receive new technology as gifts or because they are staying in touch with friends and classmates, make no mistake that children will be heavily involved in social media over the holidays. Here are a few things to be mindful of that, hopefully, will help keep them safe and happy as we move into the new year:
Before you post anything online, ask yourself three questions-
1. Could this hurt others?
2. Would I share this with my grandma? Note: the "grandma test" is described in the link below.
3. Could this endanger opportunities for my future?
Remember that once you post something, it remains on the internet or social media in one form or another forever.
Managing online communication-
1. The internet and apps like Skype and Google Hangouts are great ways to stay in touch with family and friends, especially over the holidays. Like any tool, though, it needs to be used carefully and properly.
2. In the event of meeting a new person online, just like in real life think safety first. Protect yourself, your identity, and your privacy by always telling someone you trust (a parent or guardian) about a new person you meet online.
3. Before purchasing anything online, make sure the URL for the website begins with https (the "s" stands for secure); otherwise you run the risk of hackers stealing your personal and financial information.
Hopefully, these tips and preventative measures will help you and your family have a safe and enjoyable break. As always, thank you for your continued dedication to the success of our school.
Mark Your Calendars
- 12/24-1/3: Winter Break. No school.