Central Elem. Counselor Newsletter

June 1, 2020 - June 5, 2020

A Note from Your Counselor

The school year has come to an end and students may be spending more time online. Although the internet can offer a plethora of educational opportunities and positive experiences, how can parents help children enjoy the benefits of using the internet while avoiding the bad parts? Continue reading for a couple of tips:

  • When children are using search engines, make sure parents are involved. Search engines don't filter information as a parent would.
  • Teaching children about what sites to visit and what sites not to visit is always a good idea however as a parent, I can attest to the fact that despite our best efforts, it may be impossible to protect children from seeing inappropriate things. Teaching your child about what to do if they come across something inappropriate is a way to empower and protect them.
  • Teach your child not to share personal information online such as their age, name or address. If an app or website request camera permission, make sure it is a reputable educational source.
  • Although parents may want relatives and friends to see pictures of their children online, research has shown that many kids wish parents would ask their permission prior to doing so. Asking kids for permission to share their photos online shows respect and it can also make them more aware of what they share online and the possible consequences.
  • Children may not be able to tell the difference between an advertisement and other content, parents make sure to limit their ability to make in-app purchases.

Source: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/online-safety-tips-for-parents

Teaching Children about Race and Diversity

One of the most important tools to teach children about important issues are books. Check out this article featured on the pbs.org website to read as a family and encourage discussions about race and diversity.


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