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Cyber Safety

While the Internet is a great tool for learning and connecting, online safety and cyberbullying are major issues today.

As a parent, you play a critical role in your child's life. We encourage you to be informed about Internet safety and monitor your child's online activity.

Social media and "anonymous" apps appear to give users the freedom to send/post what they want without consequences. However, law enforcement can track the senders of cyberbullying and harassing messages that were supposedly "anonymous."

Together, let's support students' plans for the future by helping them make good decisions with technology now!

Helpful Tips

In order to provide assistance, we have included various resources to keep your students safe in the digital world. However, modeling positive digital behavior with your children or students as much as possible is one of the best methods for decreasing potential dangers.

  • Keep the computer in a high-traffic area of your home.
  • Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.
  • Create a family media agreement.
  • Remember that Internet technology can be mobile, so be sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices and laptops.
  • Surf the Internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.
  • Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming and using webcams.
  • Continually dialogue with your children about online safety.
  • Digital Responsibility: A Parent's Guide

Cyber Safety Resources

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Child-Monitoring

The following parental control resources can be used with personally owned devices to help ensure your children are safe.

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Mobile Apps

We’ve put together a list of the most common apps your children may be using, and, with some help from Common Sense Media, we’re letting you know about some of the dangers these apps pose.

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Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is when a child is tormented, threatened, or harassed using the Internet, digital technologies, or mobile phones.

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Social Media

Any user-created content online designed in a collaborative environment where users share opinions, information, and knowledge with each other..

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Gaming

Online gaming can be a fun way for kids to connect with others, but it’s important for them to understand the risks involved.

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Sexting

A recent survey found that 22 percent of teen girls and 20 percent of teen boys have sent nude or semi-nude photos over the Internet.