Social Media/Online Safety

Dear Parents,

It has come to my attention that some of our students are watching a video on youtube called “Jeffy”.  This is an animated video that mocks people with disabilities.  Some of our students are copying this behavior and it is contrary to the  culture of kindness  that we embrace in our school community.   I wanted to alert you to this so that you could be aware of this video and help our school in promoting a positive culture by denouncing this type of behavior.

I also encourage you all to monitor your child’s social media.  I will, from time to time, share with you information that I receive about online apps related to social media as new ones are developed at a pace that makes it difficult to keep track of.  Below is some information I have received about a new app for you to be aware of.

 

GroupMe App (Owned by Microsoft)
Age: 13+
GroupMe is a messaging app where users can send group or private messages from their computer or phone using WiFi. Since activity from the GroupMe app doesn’t show up on their parents’ phone bill, some students use the app to hide their messaging activity. The app has built-in features that allow users to search the web directly from the app. There is no way to moderate or filter that content. Watch our GroupMe App video.

 

Sincerely,

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal