Over this week and next, we are discussing technology safety. The range of devices and programs students use has increased dramatically in just the past few years, and while this has created new opportunities to have fun and connect with others, it also has created new safety risks. Therefore, I decided to use the information from OnGuardOnline.gov to review important considerations for staying safe online.
As part of our discussion, we are discussing a range of topics. They include:
- Be wary of sharing personal information online. This includes your address, phone number, even the names of family members.
- If something happens online that makes you uncomfortable, go immediately to a trusted adult.
- Passwords are often the only thing protecting your online material. Work with your family to create strong passwords and never share passwords with other people, even close friends.
- Be aware that information that is shared online is very difficult to delete. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing something with the whole school, don’t share it online.
- Negative comments made online are just as hurtful as those made in person. Be a kind member of the online community and work to help others that are being mistreated or bullied online. And if someone starts saying hurtful things to you, stop communicating with them immediately and tell an adult.
As parents and guardians, you have the most important job when it comes to keeping our students safe online. Please review the OnGuardOnline.gov information and make discussing technology safety a regular conversation with your children.
Thank you for your help supporting this important lesson.
School Counselor, Armstrong Elementary School
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