NF principal addresses internet safety

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

We are continuing work on implementing more technology in the classrooms. Teachers are finding innovative ways to engage students in lessons with technology to target specific skill building and to improve reading and math abilities within our students. Many of our students are creating an online presence through projects, writing and other skill builder activities. This is a continual process that changes as new technologies and innovations are shared collectively. Having so much access to technology is a great benefit for every student who attends Newell-Fonda.

Although this technology is such a major part of our learning, I also want to take a few moments and talk about internet safety. As the world of social networking and online opportunities are a larger part of the overall learning experience we all have a responsibility in training our students how to be responsible with this medium. Some things that each of us can do to help our students be more responsible. 1). Limit the information that children put on social networking sites. We have to be aware of predators that target children. 2). Make sure that students are supervised at home while on their computers, phones or other connected devices. We are seeing an increase in the amount of cyber-bullying, and inappropriate content on social networking sites. 3). As a parent you have the right and the authority to limit the amount of time students spend on technology. School work should always come first, and if your student is spending large amounts of time on social media or gaming sites it is ok for you to tell them to take a break. 4). Be aware of what is going on with your child. It is your right and responsibility to know who your child is communicating with and to know what content they are communicating to their peers. Students are responsible for the information and content that they put out there. 5). Pay attention to your childís mood or behavior changes as these could be warning signs of your child being exposed to mean behavior or that they may spending too much time in questionable areas that may not be in their best interest.

Jungerís comments originally appeared in the Newell-Fonda newsletter for January 2019.