Middle School deemed safe after online threat
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For Students: "The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it." --WILLIAM JAMES
For Staff: "What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you." --RALPH WALDO EMERSON
While society has reaped huge benefits from the Internet, the online world is also infamous as a vehicle through which people can be cruel to others. All online etiquette guidelines include recommendations that would prevent this behavior, but the perceived anonymity of a virtual environment often causes people to believe they can say or do anything they want with no personal consequences.
A recent article highlighted smartphone and tablet apps that experts agree can prove harmful for children and teens. While many of these apps require users to be at least 13 years of age, parents may be unaware of exactly what happens within the app after a profile is created.
Gaggle, the vendor who provides email monitoring for St. Mary Parish, has provided a list of apps that parents should consider deleting from a child's phone or device. Here are some related to bullying:
Remember that new apps pop up daily, and kids will find out about these apps long before parents are aware of the danger. It's important that parents explain to their children why these apps could be harmful and make the decision to delete them together.
In the online world, we often find that the "mask of technology" can give us a certain degree of anonymity, making us feel as if our true identities are hidden from other users.
Anonymity can be a great tool for objective discussions, for sharing situations that might otherwise be embarrassing, or as a tool for reducing bias due to status, gender, race, or religion. For better or worse, this mask of technology can also create a feeling in users that they can say or do things that perhaps they wouldn't do in a face-to-face environment.
In actuality, it is very difficult to maintain total online anonymity. Many websites and apps track you through your device IP addresses and collect information about you from your profile. This is particularly true if you use a social media site account (like Facebook) to login to other sites. If you have created a profile with false information, it only takes one "friend" to share that information with others, thus revealing your identity.
Knowing that the mask of anonymity is incomplete should make us rethink what we share online: