Digital Safety

Always Connected

Social Networks

Students are active on many different social networks. They use chat, text, tweet, Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat, chat in game, Skype, Facetime, and sometimes Omegle.
What they don't do is check their privacy settings. It's easier to connect with a lot of people on social networks if their account is public, but that leaves their information open to anyone. When students were shown that their Twitter feeds were easily viewed because we both follow the school Twitter, they saw the point of making the account private. Remind them that a stranger can find out a lot about them from their public social pages. If your child is using Omegle and other "ChatRoulette" sites be aware this site allows them to video chat with random strangers and is very risky. If your child is using Omegle or other "ChatRoulette" sites be aware these sites allow them to video chat with random strangers and are very risky.


Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter - photos are everywhere. Attached to these photos is a wealth of metadata, EXIF data, hidden information that may include the GPS location of the site where the photograph was taken. On most devices, GPS tagging can be turned off. look for Location Services or something similar and turn it off next to Camera.

Talk with your child about the types of pictures they should be posting, and places they should not be taking pictures. District policy is they are not to be taking pictures on any school property (including the bus) without permission.


Every Internet Service Provider (ISP), including cell service providers, have pages on their websites dedicated to helping parents keep their children safe online. Some of their services come at an additional cost but there is also a great deal that can be done for free.


Schaghticoke is a BYOD school. Devices are to be used for educational purposes under teacher supervision. Students bring a wide variety of devices, from iTouch, and Smart Phones, to E-Readers (Kindle, Nook, etc.), Tablets, and occasionally, Laptops. Given the cost of these devices, you want to protect your investment. Make sure your child's device is protected by a pass-code, a device that is locked is a less tempting target. If possible, install a "Find My..." app on the device. E-readers do not typically have GPS so their exact location cannot be determined. You can install apps that allow the device to be locked remotely or traced to their IP address. There is a Locate My Kindle app that can triangulate using WiFi. Protective cases and screen protectors are also worthwhile investments, my iPhone has survived countless falls because of these additions.