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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Sudbury Lincoln CRANE Newsletter Jan. 31
FEATURED TOPIC: Digital Citizenship
The term “digital citizenship” encompasses a variety of topics, but generally refers to the norms of appropriate and responsible behavior when it comes to using technology.
Children have access to the Internet more than ever before — and they’re using it. Students use the Internet in school as part of the class curriculum, for homework and research for projects. They’re also using the Internet to stay connected with friends and family on social media, to play games, create blogs and to search for information.
In order to keep themselves, their personal information and others safe, it is important to be sure that your child understands the importance of being safe online. Discussing social networking sites and Internet use can help ease some anxiety about your child’s safety — many of the dangers parents and guardians worry about can be prevented by using smart online habits.
Encourage your children to think before they post:
- Should I share this? Will the information you share put yourself or someone else in danger?
- Do people really need to know where I am and who I am with? Is it a good idea to let everyone know my exact location?
- Am I selecting friends online that I can trust? Always keep in mind that it’s not just about what you post, but how others may use that content.
- Is the information I am sharing transparent? Before sharing information to the public, does your post give out too much personal information?
Scholastic recommends starting the conversation with your children with these safety tips:
- Keep It Real. It may sound lame to a teen’s ears, but following the Golden Rule when social networking is the best way to keep from being bullied or harassed. Research has shown that those who harass others online often become victims of harassment themselves. Encourage your kids to avoid trouble by being themselves, being honest and treating others with respect — just like they would in the real world.
- Protect Your Passwords. Kids are never too old to be reminded that passwords should never be shared with anyone, even friends. The strongest passwords are combinations of letters and numbers and don’t include names or other identifiable information that can be easily guessed. Promote safety while also respecting your kids’ privacy by inviting them to seal their passwords in an envelope and promise to open it only in an emergency.
- Post With Caution. Posting personal information or inappropriate messages can put kids at risk with strangers as well as friends. Once a message or picture is emailed or posted, it is almost always impossible to get it back. Friends break up, but a picture on the Internet is forever. If they have profiles on networking sites, remind your kids that whatever they post becomes public. Anything they wouldn’t want a stranger — or their college advisor — to see should be kept offline.
- Don’t Meet Online Friends Offline. The fact is, there’s no way to be sure that someone your child met online is really who they say they are. And, once they meet in person, your child can be in actual real-world danger. If you know your kids are going to do it anyway, remind them to always bring friends along and let you or another trusted adult know where they’ll be.
Talk Saves Lives: A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ripley Building – Conference Room (Concord)
Reducing Anxiety in Kids
Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Brooks Auditorium, Lincoln Public School Campus
Basic Rights in Special Education
Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Fowler School Library
Redefining Self-Care for Parents
Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at The Taylor School (Boxborough)
William James College INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health and wellness referral line available to families in the Sudbury and Lincoln Communities as well as Boston families with children in the Sudbury and Lincoln schools. This free and confidential service is available to residents of all ages in member towns.
Callers will be asked to describe their need and provide insurance, appointment time and location preferences. INTERFACE staff will then use their extensive database to find a licensed therapist or provider match with the appropriate specialization. They are able to make referrals in the Sudbury, Lincoln and Boston areas. INTERFACE is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888-244-6843 (toll free).