If you have been keeping up on the news you have probably heard frequent reports concerning student’s improper use of texting, email and instant messenger and popular sites like My Space or Face Book.
On Monday, February 9th, 2009 at the LJHS auditorium an educational meeting and discussion was led by Teresa Majerus, LJHS School Counselor to address concerns we have here at school with cyber bullying (text bullying, “sexting”, IM bullying). Assisting in the meeting were school resource officer, Rob Hartford, Mr. Feller LJHS Principal, Ms. Renee Duffy from Verizon Wireless, and Pat Weichel District Technology Director.
Approximately 60 parents and community members attended the discussion.
Mrs. Majerus' presentation: Cyber Bullying Presentation
Links from the Presentation:
ABC News Story
Denver News Story
Jerry Feller, Junior High principal, noted that cell phone use at the Junior high is not allowed, and there are consequences, but there are also limits to what the school administration can do.
Rob Hartford pointed out privacy issues that with the law.
Renee Duffy noted the plans that are available from Verizon Wireless that help parents control their child's cell phone use. Other providers may have similar plans.Verizon's Usage Controls can be read about here: https://wbillpay.verizonwireless.com/vzw/nos/uc/uc_home.jsp
Pat Weichel discussed web safety. The best technology to protect children on line is not fool proof. Parent supervision of the computer is best. The easiest low-tech solution to making sure you are there to supervise your child's usage is to take the modem with you when you leave, or lock it up in the house where only a guardian has access to hook it back up. Pat also provided the following list of other ideas and products that are designed to keep kids safe while they are on the internet: Internet Safety Resources