Social Media Threats and Online Safety
Over the last few months, we've received threats to our schools via social media posts. Making threats on social media is no laughing matter and can have serious consequences.
In 2018, the FBI launched a campaign called "Think Before You Post" to inform parents and students of the consequences that come with making hoax threats.
They have also provided tips on how to talk to your student about appropriate social media use:
- Educate yourself about the websites, software, games, and apps that your child uses.
- Check their social media and gaming profiles and posts. Have conversations about what is appropriate to say or share.
- Explain to your kids that once images or comments are posted online they can be shared with anyone and never truly disappear.
- Make sure your kids use privacy settings to restrict access to their online profiles.
- Tell your children to be extremely wary when communicating with anyone online who they do not know in real life.
- Encourage kids to choose appropriate screen names and to create strong passwords.
- Make it a rule with your kids that they can't arrange to meet up with someone they met online without your knowledge and supervision.
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