Digital Teaching & Learning @PCHS
Relationships and Communication
Online relationships are tricky: who are your connections, really? While the online world does provide people with the means to keep in touch with family and friends near and far, it also provides the opportunity for someone’s true identity to be hidden. By acting thoughtfully and intentionally you, your family and your students can protect yourselves. Here are a few tips:
- Check the security settings for your accounts. Make sure they’re private.
- Don’t include detailed personal information about yourself, like your address and phone number, online.
- Clean out your friends’ list.
- Just because someone has friended you, doesn’t mean you have to accept it.
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Cyberbullying and Digital Drama
The anonymity and general lack of face-to-face contact that the online environment provides makes this type of harassment easier than the bullying of previous generations. It’s important to look for warning signs and start a dialog with our students and children:
- Are there changes in behavior?
- Can you talk to the student?
- Will the student let you take a screen shot of what’s happening? Will they take the screen shot themselves?
- Who have they talked to about this?
Reach out to the available support systems like the school counselor or maybe even the officer. Neither you or the student are alone in this.
- Prevent Cyberbullying
- Cyberbullying Research Center
- Common Sense Media
- Light, Bright & Polite: How to Use Social Media to Impress Colleges & Future Employers - includes stories of students using social media in good and powerful ways
- Live My Digital: Learning about Digital Living, Together