Over the last two weeks, we have been discussing technology safety in second grade. 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 reviewed a range of topics. They included:
· 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 safe adult.
· Passwords are often the only method for 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. Information shared with even just one person online can be easily and quickly distributed to a much larger audience.
· Negative comments made online are just as hurtful as those made in person. Be a kind member of the online community. And if someone writes hurtful messages to you online, do not respond and go immediately to 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