Frank Ward Strong Middle School

191 Main Street, Durham CT 06422 | 860.349.7222

Resources

Informative Resources

Stop Bullying Now http://www.StopBullyingNow.hrsa.gov

New England League of Middle Schools
http://www.nelms.org

The Guidance Channel http://www.guidancechannel.com



Internet Safety

R u cyber-savvy?

In 2007, over 1,000 13 to 17-year olds were surveyed on their internet use and the statistics were staggering.  71% say they have a personal profile on a website and half of those say that they have posted pictures of themselves.  Meanwhile, 25% report that their parents or guardians know "very little" or "nothing" about what they do on the internet (www.netsmartz.org).

The number two danger online is cyber-bullying; using different forms of technology to embarrass, ridicule, or hurt someone.  63% of kids state that they have been bullied or sent threatening messages online or through text, and 53% of kids report that they have said something hurtful online to other people (www.isafe.org).  These statistics include social networking sites, texting and online gaming.

How can we help? 

Talk to your child about what they are doing online and the importance of online etiquette.  Remind them that if you wouldn't say something to someone in person, then you shouldn't say it online or through text either.  Just like when talking to someone in person, when using technology kids should be mindful of the other persons' feelings and their own morals.  Finally, discuss that the internet is a public forum and information posted can be accessed by anyone.  Think before you post.  Keeping computers in a common area and establishing rules for internet use can help monitor student use.

If your child receives hurtful messages: Stop, Block, Tell. 

  • Stop; your child should ask the person to stop sending the messages and they should stop talking to or interacting with the person that is sending these hurtful messages. 
  • Block; if the threatening or hurtful messages continue, your child should block the phone number, email or website that the messages are coming from. 
  • Tell; your child should tell an adult that can help.  These three simple steps can help a situation from getting out of control.

Please go to the following resources for more information.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation  http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide/parent-guide

Net Smart Teenz   http://www.netsmartz.org

Parent Guide to Facebook   www.safeteens.com

Wired Safety    http://www.wiredsafety.org/parent.html

Internet Keep Safe Coalition   www.ikeepsafe.org