With so many online communication platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, Zoom and Microsoft Teams becoming a part of our daily lives, it is important to talk to your kids about online safety protocols. Our students are now able to use these platforms to have live video conferences, create chat rooms and send private messages. Although there are many benefits of using these programs, one major concern is students participating in cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is defined as: “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices”.
Parents, we encourage you to monitor your child’s activities while online. Honest and open monitoring is a part of a healthy parent-child relationship.
As a school community, we are committed to the following:
- Creating a Cyber Safety Committee (Teachers, Students, Staff and Parents)
- Providing professional development for our teachers and staff that addresses our cyber safety protocols
- Creating student-led Cyber Safety Campaigns and Instruction
- Providing educational resources to our parents and community members
Our goal is to create an engaged environment where all students feel empowered with the tools to navigate their digital footprint. We also want everyone to know that meaningful steps will be taken to resolve situations as they arise. It will take a concerted and comprehensive effort from all stakeholders to make a meaningful change against cyberbullying.