|INFORMATION FOR PARENTS|
|This section of our web site contains information about social media awareness, digital citizenship, anti-bullying resources, assessment and reporting, and other current issues. Check back regularly for new articles.|
Ask.FM Social Media Awareness Article
This social media web site has been at the center of the campaign to reduce cyber-bullying over the past two years. The anonymity and salacious nature of the site creates an ideal platform to bully, harass and embarrass teens. View the full article in pdf format below for more information on this web site.
Cell Phone Safety
Cell phones and personal media devices are a common sight in our secondary schools. Teens view them as an integral element of their connectedness with the world around them and frequently claim they are required for educational purposes. Cell phones and other electronic devices are used in schools for educational purposes, however this accounts for a small percentage of usage. One research study out of the United States states that " 95 percent said they regularly sent emails or texts during classroom lessons, while 94 percent said they browsed file-sharing sites or social media sites like Facebook. Listening to music is another popular classroom activity, according to 93 percent of students, while 91 percent admitted to actually talking on their phones during class.(http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2013/01/k-12/high-school-students-use-cel...). Additionally the attraction of these devices to those looking to turn a quick profit and the inability of teens to adequately lock them away creates opportunities for theft. The Richmond RCMP have a provided information on how to protect your son/daughter from cell phone theft and what steps to take if their device has been stolen.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has produced a useful web site that covers a variety of topics related to cell phone safety, use and the risks of smartphone use by young adults. Follwo the link below for more information. A pdf version of the information is provided at the bottom of this page.
Electronic Cigarette Warning