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March 2019

March 2019
Dear Twinsburg Schools Family:

The Twinsburg City School District makes the safety and security of our students and staff our top priority.  Recent events both in our school community as well as across the state and our nation have led us to seek avenues to provide factual information to our parents about ways to help their children make wise choices in matters related to the use of the internet and most particularly social media. Earlier this month, we became aware of a situation involving several George G. Dodge Intermediate School students who used social media in an inappropriate manner.  Sometimes, our students do not have the knowledge necessary to make appropriate choices.  As a school district, we reach out to our parents with information that will provide the strategies you need to help keep your child safe and steer them away from potentially unsafe and troubling situations. 
 
Last month, our Twinsburg District Council PTA partnered with the Twinsburg City School District to present information about the safe use of the internet.  We continue to seek community partners who can assist the school district in providing information to our families so that our students are supported and knowledgeable about making wise decisions.
 
To that end, the Twinsburg City School District was proud to partner with Commander David Frattare of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, local law enforcement authorities including Chief Chris Noga and the Twinsburg Police Department, Aurora Schools, Nordonia Schools and our community cable show provider, Community Focus, to present "The Scary Truth About #Social Media", a livestreamed presentation on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  This important livestreamed program provided ways that parents can help protect and support our children as they navigate through the internet and use social media.  The program can be accessed via the following link:
 
 
 
 The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children website (http://www.ohioicac.org) has a lot of valuable information about ways parents can protect their children including:
 
STAY CONNECTED
  • Know your children’s ID’s and passwords to all of their devices, apps, email and social media accounts. Randomly check the accounts and be up front with your child about your access and reasons why.
  • Talk to your child about online sexual victimization and potential online dangers.
  • Keep your child’s computer in an open area of your home, not in your child’s bedroom. Do not allow your child to hide computer activity from you.
  • Spend time with your children online; know their online friends and habits, and do not allow them to create a personal profile online or otherwise give out identifying information such name, address, school name or phone number.
  • Set rules for computer use for your children, discuss them and make sure that they are followed; teach them the responsible use of online resources.
  • Monitor the amount of time your children spend online. Excessive use, especially late at night, may indicate a problem.
  • Find out what computer safeguards are utilized by your child's school, the public library, and at the homes of your child's friends.
  • Instruct your children to never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they met online.
  • Review what is on your child's computer. If you don't know how, ask a friend, coworker, relative, or other knowledgeable person. Pornography or any kind of sexual communication can be a warning sign.
  • Use Caller ID to determine who is calling your child, as well as who your child is calling.
PROTECT YOUR Wi-Fi:
  • Always make sure your wireless signal is password protected, and can only be accessed by those living in your home.
  • Unsecured wireless (Wi-Fi) signals can be exploited by predators to access the internet. To investigators, illegal activity would appear to come from your residence. You would have no idea that someone was using your Internet signal.
REPORT IT:
  • If you witness or experience cyber bullying, inappropriate posts or messages, or any other behavior that makes you or your child feel uncomfortable, immediately tell law enforcement.
  • To create a cybertip with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), go to cybertipline.com, and click “make a cybertipline report”. Include all pertinent details of the situation: screenshots, usernames and dates. After the cybertip is submitted, if the incident occurred in Ohio, it will be forwarded to Ohio ICAC or the closest affiliate.
MY CHILD HAS BEEN CYBER BULLIED:
  • If your child is cyber bullied, delete their profile on the online account and have a talk with your child about overcoming bullying. If you know the bully and their parents, attempt to peacefully reconcile the situation parent to parent.
  • If you do not know the bully, create a cybertip with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
  • If you feel something illegal has occurred, make a report with local law enforcement.
AN ADULT HAS CONTACTED MY CHILD ONLINE:
  • Do NOT retaliate or respond to posts, emails or multi-media content.
  • Gather evidence and document the incident including photographs of the screen or cell phone.
  • Do NOT delete anything.
  • Do NOT conduct your own investigation.  All evidence should be turned over to law enforcement.
  • Make a detailed report to local law enforcement.
  • Make a NCMEC cybertip, noting which police department you have contacted locally.
More than ever before, protecting our students and ensuring their safety, is our top priority.  Thanks for partnering with our school district in our efforts to ensure that our students have the tools they need to be safe, during school hours and beyond.

Yours in education,
Kathi Powers, Superintendent
Superintendent:
Kathryn Powers
330.486.2000
 
Administrative Assistant:
Marianne Franko
330.486.2002
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