Student Safety- Social Media/Internet
On this page you will find information on ways to keep your student safe through Social Media and internet use. If you have concerns about your student please call the counseling department to speak with a counselor.
If you or someone you know is experiencing severe emotional distress or is suicidal, GET HELP IMMEDIATELY by contacting one or more of the following:
Local Police- Call 911
Curry Community Crisis Line 877-519-9322
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK En español: 1-888-628-9454
Privacy and security settings: Learn about your students privacy and security settings on social networks. These settings help control who sees what is posted and creates a more positive online experience.
Protect reputations: What is posted online stays online. Teach your student to think twice, posting pics that they may later regret and can impact mental health, future college and career opportunities, and relationships.
Keep personal info personal: Impress upon them they need to be cautious about how much personal information they provide on social networking sites. The more information they post, the easier it may be for a hacker or someone else to use that information to steal their identity, access their data or commit other crimes such as stalking.
Know and manage friends: Social networks can be used for a variety of purposes. That doesn’t mean all friends are created equal. Share with them that they should only share their personal profile with their real friends (the ones they know and trust).
Be honest if you’re uncomfortable: Share with your student that if a friend posts something about them that makes them uncomfortable, to let them know. Likewise, have them stay open minded if a friend approaches them because something your student posted makes them uncomfortable. People have different tolerances for how much they want the world to know.
Things for Parent/Guardians/Families to consider:
~Supervision can be an effective method of protecting students online
~Spend Time with them
~Know what sites your student can and should visit
~Who can they talk to while online
~How long will they be online
~Where can they use a computer
~Stay informed: Learn everything you can about what sites your student visits and some of the common language used in chat rooms, phone, etc..
~Have them leave their phones outside of their bedrooms at night.