Tackling the pitfalls of social media continues to be a difficult challenge for many of our middle school students. Everything we read continues to tell us that proper adult monitoring is the best way to guide our children through the jungle of appropriate Internet usage and keep them safe in the process. One of the biggest challenges we see is staying on top of which social media websites and services children are accessing. Children have progressed through MySpace, Facebook, Instagram, Kik, Snapchat, and many others. Parents might not be familiar with all of these websites and mobile apps, but our children are using them. To assist you in this effort, we have added this page to our Jefferson website to provide you with useful and timely resources on internet safety. It is in our mutual best interests to keep all of us aware of the trends and dangers on the web that our students are accessing regularly. Above all, we want our student to maintain a safe and productive “digital footprint” on the web. We hope you will find this information useful!
Remember that children have access to the internet through many different devices including cell phones, computers, tablets, video games, iPods and more. Be sure to monitor all devices, even ones that kids keep with them much of the time.
Be proactive about monitoring and searching all electronic devices that your child has access to. Randomly check web browser history, text message history to look for inappropriate content.
Consider a mandatory nighttime central charging station for all electronic devices so that students are not using them without your knowledge at night.
Know what sites your child uses. Monitor their use. Request that your child gives you his/her password to any accounts created online.
If you allow your child to utilize social networking sites, check your child’s privacy settings on those sites. Adjust the privacy settings to the highest degree of privacy possible.
Computer programs that filter and block content can be helpful, but should not be relied on completely.