E-Safety Parent Resources to Help Keep Students Safe
On October 5-6, the Snoqualmie Valley School District sponsored five student assemblies for all students in grades 6-12, as well as a Parent Information Night, on the topic of E-Safety Education.
Stefanie Thomas, Victim Advocate/Community Outreach Coordinator for the Seattle Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, shared her expertise on a variety of serious cyber-safety topics. She discussed: cyberbullying, social networking, online posting, the reality of teens as targets, the dangers of sexting, and cell phone and internet safety tips.
As follow-up to her presentation, Thomas provided the District with these two resources to share with parents:
Due to positive feedback from parents who attended the information parent meeting, the District has invited Detective Thomas back for additional presentations this year as follows:
Another Parent E-Safety Night is scheduled for January 11 – for all parents. Watch for details to come on the specific time and location.
In addition, the District is working to bring this important cyber-safety training to all 4th and 5th grade students, since many families are allowing younger students more access to the internet, texting and cell phones. Between November and March, all five elementary schools will host an assembly for their 4th and 5th grade students. The schools will send more information to families when those dates have been confirmed.
Again, special thanks to the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation for their generous support (a $4,000 grant) that is helping provide this E-Safety Education outreach to hundreds of students and families.
In the world in which children are growing up today – where there is increasing reliance on mobile devices, social networking, texting and cell phones – everyone needs to become better informed about the dangers involved, and how best to instill safe and responsible practices to help ensure the safety of all students.