Each school year, districts across New York state share important notifications related to students’ ability to understand and appropriately use technology platforms, such as social media. With technology playing a larger role in our daily lives, the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School District would like to provide some areas on which to concentrate for the safe use of technology, whether its district computers or Chromebooks, or personal devices connected to social media platforms.
As we work to implement resources to stay up-to-date in today’s digital landscape, we encourage parents to be vigilant in monitoring their children’s social media and online behavior. Please be aware of the online environment and how it could possibly affect your child(ren). The district would like to offer the following reminders related to Internet safety and communications:
- The importance of digital citizenship: We encourage our students to be responsible digital citizens by safeguarding their personal information and avoiding inappropriate contact with strangers online. If disturbing content is ever found online, we ask that students show it to a trusted adult so that the appropriate measures can be taken (i.e., blocking or reporting the material).
- Be kind and aware: We encourage all of our students to be cautious about spreading rumors, and to exercise good judgment and critical thought when sharing information with others. Please encourage students to ask themselves: Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it kind? Is it safe?
- Seek help if you are in need: Whether it is an elementary school student who is fearful of something a friend told them, or an older student who is vulnerable to messages about self-harm or violence, we want each and every one of our students to know that there is support available in each building. If your child could benefit from speaking to a counselor, please don’t hesitate to contact your school building.
Thank you for partnering with our district to keep children safe.