Thanks to the School Council for organizing the SaferNet presentation for our junior and intermediate students and the evening presentation for parents. The goal of all of the presentations was to encourage conversation about safe internet practices between students and their parents. A few of the key messages from the presentations were:
- Don't do anything online you would not do offline.
- Your privacy belongs to you - did you know that ....92% of users of social media use their real name? many young people use their own picture as their profile picture and that there may be features in the picture that can identify the location of the person?
- When choosing a profile picture, you should choose one that would not allow someone to identify you on the street.
- Think about what you post before hitting send. Ask: could this hurt someone? myself? In the time it takes to delete a message/photo immediately after having sent it, the message/photo could already be saved to multiple computers.
- Once you send a message or picture, you lose control of it. Even if you delete it, it is stored on a server somewhere.
- Young people often mistake Facebook friends as real friends. They should ask themselves...do I know this person in real life? have I ever spoken to them; do my parents know who they are? would I pick up the phone and call this person?
- It is never too late to establish boundaries at home for your children's mobile devices.
- Monitor your child's online activity - anything that is online is in a public domain, it is not the same as reading a diary.
Thanks to Scott and Sonia, from Safe Futures, for a very informative presentation.
Thanks to the many parents who are able to volunteer to go on field trips with their child's class. We truly could not take students without your support.
If you are attending the trip with your child, and would like to take your child home directly from the field trip, please make sure to let your child's teacher know.
Safe Fun in the Sun - A message from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
As weather gets warmer, remember to stay safe in the sun. Before you and your child head outside, check the UV index on The Weather Network or Environment Canada websites.
When you go outside, wear sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen (SPF of 15 or higher). If the UV index is 6 or more, also stay in the shade.
Keep in mind that babies and children burn more quickly from the sun. Sunscreen is not recommended for babies under 6 months old, but is safe to use on children.
For more information about sun safety, visit Health Canada at www.healthcanada.gc.ca
What's Happening this Week
- Tuesday, April 30
- Pizza day
Scientists in the School (Grade 4, 5, 7)
- Wednesday, May 1
- Swimming (Mlle Jenkins and Mr. McKinney)
Girls Basketball (after school at Princess Margaret)
- Friday, May 3
- Swimming (Mr. Fox)