Waitsfield Elementary School -- Waitsfield, Vermont

Cyber Safety: What parents need to know!

December 12th, 2006

  • Make sure that any computer in your house is located in a “common space” such as the living room, kitchen, etc. The screen should be visible to adults.
  • If your child uses a “social board” such as My Space”, become familiar with how it works and let your children know that you want to review their profile, be “invited” to their page, and that their page should be by invitation only rather than open to all. Children under the age of 14 are not permitted to have a profile and account on My Space. While it is not difficult to get an account by entering a false birth date, this practice should never be condoned.
  • If you have a concern with any aspect of my space, you may contact them at 310-969-7398.
  • Monitor your child’s IM (instant message) buddies. Know who your child is communicating with on line. Become familiar with the coded language of IM-ing.Information will be available to parents at the Cyber safety workshop on January 9th.
  • Talk to your children about the importance of privacy. Sharing personally identifiable information on the WEB is risky behavior and should be monitored by you.
  • If you become aware of your child being a victim of cyber bullying or threats on the internet, contact the appropriate authority at the web site or local law enforcement. If you are unsure how to do this, contact the school and we will help to connect you to the appropriate party.

Other sites that may be of interest and value with regard to cyber safety include:

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