Social media is becoming more and more prevalent among our students. We need to ensure that it is being used safely and responsibly.
Here are some ground rules for parents to set with their children:
- I will only follow people I know personally.
- I will always show an adult any message or post that makes me feel uncomfortable or threatened.
- I will never share any personal information about myself, such as my age, where I live, and where I go to school.
- I will keep my whereabouts to myself: I will turn off any location settings that tell people exactly where I am or where a photograph was taken.
- I will never publish anything I wouldn’t want my parents, teachers,and grandparents to see, because photos can be shared widely, with anyone, in a matter of seconds.
- When creating a password, I will make one up that is hard for someone else to guess but easy for me to remember. I will never reveal it to anyone (except my parents or a trusted adult) - not even my best friend.
- I will always check my privacy settings and go over them with my parents.
- I will practice the golden rule and always treat others as I would like to be treated.
- I will T.H.I.N.K. before I leave a comment or send a message: is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?
- I will not upload or tag photos of other people without their permission
Here is a video about how to talk to your kids about their social media use:
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