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Online Safety and Digital Citizenship

Online Safety and Digital Citizenship

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Parents,

Over the last few days, a new internet challenge aimed at kids has surfaced and received significant coverage in the media. "The Momo Challenge" reportedly involves a frightening cartoon figure that could appear in various apps and games, encouraging children to partake in dangerous challenges. ('Don't Panic, What Parents Really Need To Know About 'Momo Challenge')

Recognizing that technology, the internet, and social media play a role in all of our lives, we wanted to share some guidance that may be helpful to you as parents to discuss this and other aspects of digital safety and citizenship with your children.

Managing Privacy

It's important that children know that they should not be communicating with strangers online. Setting parental controls and privacy systems on devices with your child is a great way to have this conversation and agree on boundaries. Discuss your expectations for appropriate online behavior as a family. Fostering an atmosphere of openness and transparency about online activity helps ensure healthy use of technology for a lifetime.

Supervision is Key (No Matter the Age)

It's important to be vigilant in monitoring your child's social media and internet behavior.

  • Stay updated and informed about the games and apps your children are playing. Common Sense Media is a great resource for parents.
  • Keep electronic devices in a common area where you can watch and monitor its use, not in bedrooms, the basement, etc.
  • Know your child's passwords and monitor any time spent on smartphones or tablets.
  • Bookmark kids' favorite sites for easy access, so they are not navigating through sites you have not vetted.
  • Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange.

We recommend these technology tips for managing the ever-changing digital landscape. You can also count on us for support when it comes to providing information about the latest technology issues and resources that parents should be aware of. (Please follow the Clarkston IT Team on Twitter at @ClarkstonIT).

Thank you for partnering with us to help keep students safe.

Sincerely,

Lori Banaszak
Administrator of Technology Integration

Staci Puzio
Director of Student Growth and Well-Being

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of more than 7,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.


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