LAURA WARING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Dear Students, Parents and Staff,
When school started remotely, it became very hard to know how to build our home and school community and our students are spending most of their time in front of technology. This newsletter offers some ideas and tips to recognize and understand cyber bullying or bullying from students.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district and that:
- has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or of damage to the student's property; or
- is sufficiently severe, persistent and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student.
Additional website to visit: For parents: http://www.stopbullying.gov/index.html For elementary students: http://KidsAgainstBullying.org
92% of teens report going online daily, and 24% of them report they go online "almost constantly" (Pew Research Center, 2015). Children and teens are exposed to the internet and social media almost daily, whether through their own device or through friends. Have frequent conversations with your children about internet safety- including respecting themselves and others. Talk to your children about cyberbullying and its effects.
Below are some helpful conversation pieces to use while talking to your children:
- Set clear rules with your children regarding electronics and internet usage.
- Talk to your child about never sharing personal information with people online.
- Talk to your children about privacy. Explain that once things are posted online, they are forever accessible. Things online can be seen and distributed to anyone, without your permission or knowledge.
- Talk to your children about respecting others online.
- Talk to your children about respecting themselves online- do not use vulgar or sexually explicit language, and do not share sexually explicit photos online. Talk to your children about reporting anything threatening, mean, sexual, or concerning to you immediately.
Please read as you will be invited to provide suggestions in future parent meetings happening this year. Thank you for your time and attention as your input is important to us.
The Leadership Team narrated it's second collection of Read Aloud books in honor for Bullying Prevention Month in October. Enjoy sharing with your children at home.
Presentation of our students who were identified for SOARing by Showing Trustworthiness for the month of September.
Please review our agenda containing hyper links to view important information pertaining to our first meeting.