Rhode Island Law mandates that an advisory program is instituted at the middle school level throughout the state. Students participate in advisory every Tuesday from 12:35-12:55. Suggested topics are recommended by the 3R’s committee, a team of teachers, parents and administrators, and include discussions regarding respect, responsibility, reliability, fairness, caring for others and ourselves, drug awareness, helping the less fortunate, bullying, cyber-bullying, heart health and recycling.
Individual Learning Plans are generated in advisory and focus on report card reviews, career interests and goal setting. ILP’s are working documents that students continue to build upon throughout their middle school and high school career.
On Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Wickford Middle School hosted an informational seminar for parents and students addressing online communication safety concerns. The presenters shared valuable techniques for improving online safety awareness. Please take a moment to visit the attached document and resources provided by David Porter and Mike Khalfayan.
Also, listed below are key points that were shared that evening.
Advice for Parents...
1. Create an honest and open environment
2. Initiate conversations with your children regarding online safety and good practices
3. Remind your children that once they post information online they can't take it back
4. Know what your kids are doing
5. Help your kids to understand what information should stay private and why
6. Be aware of APPS
Cyber Safety Resources
Consumer Protection FBI- Scams & Safety http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/ Internet Crime Prevention Tips http://www.ic3.gov/preventiontips.aspx Internet Crime Complaint Center – Report criminal complaints regarding cyber crime http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
Identity Theft: What to Do if It Happens to You http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs17a.htm
StaySafeOnline – Using the Internet safely and securely at home, work and school http://www.staysafeonline.org/
Cyber Tipline – Handles calls and online reports of sexual exploitation of children http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PageServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=2936
Home Network Security – Gives home users an overview of the security risks and countermeasures associate with Internet connectivity http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/home_networks.html