The North Tonawanda City School District believes in promoting good cyber citizenship! Please view the links below to help support internet safety at home.
Technology is advancing at a rapid rate. Our children are able to access a wealth of information at the touch of a button, “visit” different parts of the world without leaving their room, participate in instructional programs via webcasts, podcasts and virtual environments; and communicate in real time with others living across the globe, developing contacts through social networking sites. It is without question that the Internet and Web 2.0 tools present many novel and interesting learning opportunities for all of us.
While exciting, it is important to recognize that these tools also come with challenges. We encourage parents to become familiar with the sites your children are accessing. Ask yourself:
Do you know how to check an Internet browser for the websites most recently visited by your children?
Have you considered the advantages and disadvantages of filtering or monitoring software for your home computer?
Have you investigated the features available on your child’s cell phone? Many of the newest models enable students to snap and share photographs, send text messages, and connect to the Internet.
By partnering together, we are confident we can empower our children and young adults with the tools they need to be safe online. Encourage them to think before they post, to critically analyze what they read for accuracy, to be vigilant when sharing personal information, and to trust their intuition and seek the guidance of a parent or other adult when they receive a communication that is inappropriate or causes them to feel apprehensive. Together, we can teach our young people the tools they need to ensure their personal safety and to promote good cyber citizenship.