This morning, the 5th and 6th grade
students attended an assembly called “Is It Worth the Risk?” presented
by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The presentation
was filled with techniques, safety tips, relevant internet safety issues, and
real-life examples geared toward helping students make educated and informed
decisions while online.
The presentation’s main theme was “THINK BEFORE YOU POST!”,
which was supported with discussions about protecting oneself (information,
content, and data) and the harm caused by cyberbullying. Another significant theme was warning
students about the devious ways strangers can obtain your information and
coerce you to become a victim. The presentation
concluded with a discussion about the importance of taking action and reporting
anything suspicious or harmful that they see online to a trusted adult.
We encourage you to continue this conversation with your children
about internet safety. We are looking to have a similar presentation for
parents in the near future. Our speaker offered the following tips for
not allow your child to password protect or otherwise hide their activity
on any device with internet access.
to your child about online sexual victimization and potential online
not allow your child to give out identifying information on their profile
such as name, address, school name or phone number.
rules for internet use for your children. Discuss them and make sure
that they are followed.
the amount of time your child spends online. Excessive use,
especially late at night, may indicate a problem.
your children never to arrange a face-to-care meeting with someone they
messages on your child’s social media accounts and cell phone.