The WHS Times
WEBUTUCK HIGH SCHOOL'S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
Issue 6, December 2022/January 2023
January Regents and Mid-Term Exams
Social Media Safety
What's Good About Social Media
Social media can help kids:
- stay connected with friends and family
- volunteer or get involved with a campaign, nonprofit, or charity
- enhance their creativity by sharing ideas, music, and art
- meet and interact with others who share similar interests
- communicate with educators and fellow students
- access health information
- learn about current events
What's Bad About Social Media
The flipside is that social media can be a hub for potentially harmful or questionable activities.
Through cyberbullying, kids can be teased or harassed online. In fact, cyberbullying is considered the most common online risk for teens, and is linked to depression, loneliness, and even suicide in both the victims and the bullies.
Privacy & Safety
Kids also should know about privacy and safety. Without meaning to, they can share more online than they should. Many kids post photos of themselves online or use their real names on their profiles. They also might reveal their birthdates and interests, or post their school name and the town where they live.
Revealing this type of information can make them easy targets for online predators and others who might mean them harm. In fact, many kids say they have been contacted online by someone they didn't know in a way that made them feel scared or uncomfortable.
Kids also can face the possibility of a physical encounter with the wrong person. Many newer apps automatically reveal the poster's location when they're used. This can tell anyone exactly where to find the person using the app.
Risks to Their Reputation
Photos, videos, and comments made online usually can't be taken back after they're sent or posted. Even when a kid thinks something has been deleted, it can be impossible to completely erase it from the Internet. Posting an inappropriate photo can damage a reputation and cause problems years later — such as when a potential employer or college admissions officer does a background check.
Mental Health Effects
Spending too much time on social media can have negative mental health effects. Sometimes it’s not just how much time kids spend on social media, but how it's used that can affect their mood. For example, seeing how many "friends" others have and the pictures of them having fun can make kids feel bad about themselves or feel like they don't measure up to their peers. Also, kids who lurk passively in the background of a chat are often unhappier than those who actively post and send messages to friends.
Kids may see online ads or content that are inappropriate for their age. This is especially true for kids who lie about their age to get access to certain social media sites.
Kids sometimes spend so much time on social media that they don’t have enough hours in the day for doing homework, reading, exercising, sleeping, spending time with loved ones, or enjoying the outdoors.
What Can Parents Do?
Tell your kids that it's important to:
- Be nice. Mean behavior is not OK. Make it clear that you expect your kids to treat others with respect, and to never post hurtful or embarrassing messages. And ask them to always tell you about any harassing or bullying messages that others post.
- Think twice before hitting "enter." Remind kids that what they post can be used against them. For example, letting the world know that you're off on vacation or posting your home address gives would-be robbers a chance to strike. Kids also should avoid posting specific locations of parties or events, as well as phone numbers.
- Follow the "WWGS?" (What Would Grandma Say?) rule. Teach kids not to share anything on social media that they wouldn't want their teachers, college admissions officers, future bosses — and yes, grandma — to see.
- Use privacy settings. Privacy settings are important. Go through them together to make sure your kids understand each one. Also, explain that passwords are there to protect them against things like identity theft. They should never share them with anyone, even a boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend.
- Don't "friend" strangers. "If you don't know them, don't friend them." This is a plain, simple — and safe — rule of thumb. Let them know that kids who follow friends are generally happier than those who follow strangers.
January 2023 Regents Exams
WHS will offer January Regents Exams for a small number of students and the exams will be administered during the regular school day. There will be NOT be a modified school-wide schedule.
AM Tuesday, January 24: English Language Arts
PM Tuesday, January 24: Living Environment
AM Wednesday, January 25: Geometry
PM Wednesday, January 25: Algebra I, Physics
Thursday, January 26: Gobal History & Geography II
Thursday, January 26: Algebra II
Friday, January 27: Earth Science, Chemistry
WHS Mid-Term Exams
TUESDAY English Language Arts/Music
WEDNESDAY English Language Arts/Music
THURSDAY Math/World Languages
FRIDAY Math/World Languages
2/6/23 - 2/9/23
MONDAY Social Studies/Art, Business, FACS, Technology
TUESDAY Social Studies/Art, Business, FACS, Technology
WEDNESDAY Science/Health and PE
THURSDAY Science/Health and PE
When I told the students that I wanted to give them some feedback on how the year was going and how I thought they were doing, they responded positively and said that it would nice to hear what they were doing well and what they needed to work on.
Last week and this week I met with the students and shared data on group attendance and conduct, as well as general thoughts on how they were doing. The students were attentive and even shared some of their own impressions.
Most teenagers won't admit it, but as much as adults in the professional work place, our students want feedback and they are looking for expectations. And just like working professionals, they deserve that feedback.