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Takeaways: internet safety with the DA's investigator
Posted 04/05/2018 03:19PM

Middle School Head Brenda Stockdale reports:

Lee Damuth, the Chief Investigator from the Office of the District Attorney, 9th Judicial District (serving Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco Counties), recently visited Country Day to speak with our Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade students about internet safety. Lee gave an informative presentation to each grade level, split by gender, throughout the day. Here are some takeaways for students and parents:

What you post on the internet is not private, and nothing can be permanently deleted. Basically, once it's posted, it's out of your control.

Avoid posting, "liking," or commenting on inappropriate behaviors, such as:

  • Mean messages
  • Drinking & drug use
  • Lewd or offensive gestures
  • Profanity
  • Revealing or suggestive images
  • Threats

Consequences for these inappropriate behaviors could:

  • Ruin your reputation
  • Get you in trouble with parents, school, law
  • Damage future opportunities

Before posting a picture or message, ask yourself:

  • Do I like what this says about me?
  • How could this impact my future?
  • Who might I hurt?
  • Could this get me into trouble?
  • Would the adults in my life think this is appropriate?

Be aware that online information can:

  • Spread quickly and to a lot of people
  • Reach people that you don't know or you don't want to see it
  • Be permanent

To protect yourself, don't share personal information, such as:

  • Passwords
  • Home address
  • Cell/home phone numbers
  • Location
  • Email address

TIPS

  • Turn off location services
  • Have a different password for each account
  • Don't share passwords
  • Use privacy settings
  • Remember who you friend
  • Only accept friends you know in real life
  • Don't share others' personal info
  • Use appropriate screen names
  • Don't make jokes that are threats
  • You have the right to say NO to inappropriate requests

How to stay in control

  • Don't take images of yourself you wouldn't want people to see
  • Don't forward anyone else's image
  • Don't ask or pressure anyone to share image
  • Talk to an adult

What to do if you encounter problems with someone online

  • File a complaint
  • Include your age
  • Tell them it was posted without your consent
  • You have the right to say NO to inappropriate requests
  • Block or unfriend
  • Don't engage them
  • Don't meet offline

What to do if you encounter cyberbullying

  • Don't be a passive bystander
  • Tell person to stop
  • Stand up for the victim
  • Don't participate (like/comment/send) just to fit in
  • Don't encourage the behavior
  • Report it to an adult
  • Set up a new account

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