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Social Media Risks: Msg. From Supt.

posted Feb 20, 2014, 10:05 AM by kmlyons@hudson.k12.ma.us

Dear Hudson Schools Families:

 

The Hudson Public Schools, like many school districts in Massachusetts, is aware that there are various types of social media websites allowing students to share pictures, write messages, post videos, etc. Through our technology classes, students are informed about being a responsible digital citizen as well as the appropriate uses of the Internet and its tools.  We also recognize that there is always the potential and risk for these tools to be misused and would like to offer some helpful suggestions to parents:

 

·         Closely monitor your child(ren)'s electronic activity.

·         Talk to your child(ren) about how they are using social media sites.

·         Find out what sites they are using.

·         Set home usage guidelines, expectations, and consequences for misuse.

·         If your child encounters any type of harassing, bullying or impersonating behavior by their friends or others, we recommend that you notify the appropriate website immediately in order to have the account in question investigated.

·         To report hacked, impersonated, hate or abusive accounts on Instagram please visit http://help.instagram.com

·         To report harassment, bullying or impersonation accounts on Facebook please visit http://www.facebook.com/help/

·         To report abusive behavior on Twitter please visit https://support.twitter.com/articles/15789

·         To report abusive behavior on Snapchat please visit http://support.snapchat.com/ca/abuse (Snapchat is used with the belief that messages disappear, however, law enforcement agencies are able to recover these messages.)

·         To report abusive behavior on Vine please visit https://support.twitter.com/forms/vine

 

Please remember that the Hudson Public Schools and the Hudson Police Department are here to help parents and students when concerns arise.  We want to ensure that students have a safe school environment and will try to help in any way we can. Any Hudson Public Schools’ student who is found to be involved in and/or responsible for inappropriate behavior when using electronic media will be disciplined when the behavior affects the educational environment of the school and is in violation of Hudson Public Schools’ policies and rules regarding conduct. The district is also required, when appropriate, to refer the matter to the Hudson Police Department for prosecution.

 

We believe that through education and awareness we can avert the potential dangers associated with social media and related technology. The Hudson Public Schools offers full support to parents and guardians in their role of guiding and monitoring their child(ren)'s activities using technology and social media.

 

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact your school principal. We greatly appreciate your efforts going forward. Working together, we can do everything possible to make certain that Hudson’s students are kept safe and are able to achieve at their highest level.

 

I acknowledge and thank the Social Media Committee for guidance in writing this message.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kevin M. Lyons

Superintendent of Schools

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