Social websites and smartphone apps can be a fun, exciting and convenient way to connect with our family members, friends and new people across the world. But if not used properly, they can also expose unsuspecting children to risks such as child predators, human traffickers, cyberbullies and other criminals.
DeKalb County School District is committed to helping both students and families understand these risks and why they should be taken seriously. Beginning during National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, the District urges you to stay safe online by joining our #CyberAwareFamily. This page contains a wealth of resources from experts on how students and parents are well informed how to avoid the pitfalls of failing to be safe online.
Below is an example from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, of why these risks should be taken seriously.
According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, being Cyber Aware means pledging:
- cell & home phone numbers
- home address
- sexual messages
- inappropriate pictures and videos
- post anything rude, offensive, or threatening
- send or forward images and information that might embarrass, hurt, or harass someone
- take anyone’s personal information and use it to damage his or her reputation
- ask my parent or guardian’s permission before going
- have a parent or guardian accompany me
- meet in a public place
- not respond
- save the evidence
- tell my parent, guardian, or another trusted adult
- report to the website, cell phone company, CyberTipline.com, or the police
Most importantly, be sure to visit the DeKalb County Schools’ social media platforms, tag us and use the hashtag #StayConnectedResponsibly