Thursday, July 24, 2014

New iPad Parent Letter

Hello again! Thanks for stopping by and reading my post.

Do you have iPads in your classroom?

Last year I wrote an iPad letter to give parents some basic information about my 1:1 iPad classroom. I have amended it for this year. I felt like I needed to talk about internet safety.

Take a look at this:

A new poll released by Netmums revealed shocking statistics on internet use by children. The survey of 825 children aged between seven and 16 and 1,127 adults showed that 16.7% of parents allowed children three years old or younger to go online. However, the most alarming statistics show how exposed and vulnerable children are online.
1. 42.1% of kids admit they have seen online porn. One in 16 have been exposed to hardcore pornography.
2. One in 12 have exchanged messages with sexual content to other people, while one in 25 have sent graphic photos of themselves.
3. 25% of children get away with pretending to be older to get an account online.
4. One in 20 children admitted arranging a secret meeting with someone they met online.
5. Almost three in 10 parents (29%) let their kids use the internet without any restrictions or supervision.
 I just have to say, wow. Isn't that scary? This needs to be a discussion we are having with families everywhere.

Our kids are hearing things in music that they don't really understand. They are seeing situations and hearing words on television, movies, and YouTube that get their attention. They are curious and the internet has all the answers! All they have to do is type in a word in the Google search box and it will pop up suggested searches. Then they can jump over to see the image results. Those images can take them to horrible content. Just imagine all the families that don't have filters or parental guidance software!

All it takes is one word guys. ONE WORD. I just think of all the kids 12 and under I have seen at PG-13 and R movies. They are getting an earful.

We need to protect the innocence of our kids. Those images can't be unseen. Those actions can't be undone. 

What does your school do to help families prevent or deal with the aftermath of internet safety? 

Our elementary filters are really good in my district, but there are always some loopholes. I am going to be very proactive this year, as you can tell after reading this letter. I am going to be very clear about my expectations with my students without going into the inappropriate stuff. (Believe me, I don't want to go there!)

If you want a generic form of this letter, you can download it HERE.

Email me if you would like the editable version.

I would love to read any comments you have about internet safety. Specifically how you and your school handles it. Also, if you have children, how do you handle it at home? I welcome any pointers and suggestions!


Amanda Kendall said...

Oh my gosh!! Those are some terrifying statistics. I suppose the same parents that take their kiddos to see R rated movies are probably the same parents that just hand them a tablet and don't do anything to protect their kiddos from the internet. Yikes! Thanks for all this good information. Internet safety is HUGE!
The Teaching Thief

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