New Life Academy of Excellence March 2019 Newsletter
Think Before Your Post
In just a few seconds, a student can tap out a short message to send by social media, via text message, or through an email. However, if that message is an alarming threat, angry words that seem threatening, or a menacing meme or photo, those few seconds could lead to a lifetime of consequences for a young person. And, here’s the thing. A kid doesn’t have to mean it or be able to carry out their threat for it to be a very serious offense. Just like a verbal or written threat, issuing a digital threat— over social media, via text message, or through email— is a federal crime. Even if the threat is a hoax, those who post or send threats can receive up to five years in federal prison, face state or local charges, and have school disciplinary consequences.
GCPS has teamed up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to launch the agency’s “Think Before You Post” campaign to raise awareness about the consequences of online threats. The Gwinnett campaign also will focus on educating students on the importance of being good digital citizens. Click here for more about the campaign.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am reaching out to you today to talk about something that has made the news in recent days and that understandably is causing concern for parents and others who care about children. I am talking about the Momo Challenge... which has been reported as an internet hoax but also as a social media phenomenon directed at children and young adults that features a frightening avatar who asks the child to perform various tasks, some that escalate to cause self-harm. I am not a "Momo" expert and do not know if this is real or not. However, I do know that the concern it is causing our children and parents is very real.
I think this situation serves as an excellent reminder to all of us about the important role we play as parents and adults in monitoring our children's online activity. Here are a few tips shared by national online safety experts that might be helpful to you:
1. Regarding the Momo Challenge, specifically, tell them it's not real. Just like any urban legend or hoax, this concept can be quite frightening for young people. Talk to your child and help him or her to understand that Momo is not a real person and cannot directly harm them. Also, tell your child not to actively look for information about this as it may only cause them more distress.
2. Be present when your child is online.
3. In addition to monitoring your child's online activity, it is important for you to talk to your child about their online actions.
4. Take advantage of device settings and parental controls to restrict the online content your child can access.
5. Talk to your child about peer pressure. Be sure they know that they should not do something they are not comfortable with... online or offline.
6. Report and block any online content that you deem to be inappropriate or harmful as soon as you come across it. This can help to prevent your child from viewing this content.
7. Be careful about sharing information about hoaxes... in many cases it is better to investigate and report concerns, rather than reposting them and spreading possible misinformation. As we know, not everything online is real and sharing it can cause additional worry for our children.
As always, I thank you for your support of your children at home and for reaching out to us with concerns about issues that might have a negative impact on them.
Alphonsa Foward, Jr.
Georgia Milestones...Get Ready!
The Georgia Milestones is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school. The Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the content standards in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. It is designed to provide information about student achievement and readiness to move on to the next level of learning. Click the links below for information for each grade level.
Friday, March 8, 2019
Spring Pictures - Dress Your Best!
Thursday, March 21, 2019
SWCC Town Hall Meeting
Friday, March 29, 2019
Student/Teacher Holiday - No School
Monday, April 1, 2019 - Friday, April 5, 2019
Spring Break - No School
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - Friday, May 3, 2019
Georgia Milestone Testing