March 17, 2017
Dear KES Families,
Happy Friday, everyone! This week, you should have received two Connect Ed messages from the District (Breakfast Survey and Internet Safety) and one from KES regarding NYS assessment schedule, if you are a parent of a 3rd, 4th or 5th grader. As Superintendent Andrew Selesnick wrote in his letter about Internet Safety, there will be an upcoming presentation at KES. I am in collaboration with the PTO Co-Presidents, Mary Gaza and Jessica Ingles, and Technology Director, Ahunna Akoma, to schedule a date for this event. Once confirmed, I will send out a message with the details.
Our KES students receive age-appropriate lessons on Internet safety and digital citizenship with Mrs. Duffy as part of the library-media program. The students engage in topics such as: What is the Internet? Sites I Like, Going Places Safely, Keeping it Private, Showing Respect Online, Powerful Passwords, Power of Words, and Talking Safely). Through these lessons, along with discussions that take place in the classroom with the teacher and/or Social Worker/School Psychology about health and safety, students become aware of both the benefits and challenges of using the Internet. The importance of parental/teacher permission and support when using a device is always highlighted.
Janet Duffy recommends www.commonsensemedia.org as a resource for parents and educators, and she uses many of the lessons found on the site with the children.
Other resources I have used and find helpful on the subject of Internet Safety include:
www.connectsafely.org a current collection for short, clearly written, free down-loadable guidebooks that demystify Apps, services, and platforms popular with kids and teens, including Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.
www.allsafesites.com a child-safe Internet search engine.
www.schoolfamily.com/internet-safety articles, down-loadable materials, and other resources on Internet Safety for parents.
Have a safe and wonderful weekend,
Cristy Harris, Principal