Social media continues to play a large role in our society and as SMS staff we are continually being challenged to help our students use social media in a safe and respectful way. Social media and digital technology changes the way we perceive the world and interact with one another. But what is the negative impact of social media on children? Do you worry that your daughter spends all her time online? Does it concern you how it might affect her? If you nodded along in agreement, you might want to give our post a read.

In today’s age, no one remains reclusive. From the pings, chat windows to the snap stories and emoticons, everything exists to bring people closer, to make the world more comfortable.

Today, young kids play with electronic devices like smartphones and tablets. Social media is an active part of your adolescent’s life. However, as a parent, you need to know how social media effects on child development. Most importantly, it’s time you learn these technologies so that you can relate to your kid’s daily life on the World Wide Web and social networks.

At SMS we take cyber safety very seriously. We have taken various steps to ensure our students are being educated on how to use these tools appropriately and respectfully, including:

  • Class presentations
  • Teaching digital citizenship
  • Principals have spoken with the students
  • Film presentations with links to resources
  • Experts on campus. We have a presentation coming up next week.

We also feel it is extremely important to support parents in our community as much as we possibly can, and we firmly believe that our best line of defence, as always, is through education.

One of the best groups around, Safer Schools Together (SST), will be on-campus next week to help us on that front. Please join us on Monday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. and bring your questions.

SST will address: cyber bullying vs mean behavior, how to block and report unwanted contact online, age limits for the different social media platforms, the dangers of anonymity, privacy, sharing intimate images, and inappropriate websites, as well as how to be there to provide support and guidance to your children. A snapshot of current trends and concerning apps will also be provided.

This event will better equip parents in creating a digital parenting strategy. In the meantime, please click the links below for some more excellent Canadian resources:

Media Smarts (and Media Smarts games)

The Parent Network: Social Media and Your Kids – Keeping Your Kids Safe

A parents’ guide to Instagram

We hope to see as many parents as possible next Monday night.

It’s the parents who are best positioned to ensure their child’s safety but we know you need help.

We have some expertise around the use of social media, digital marketing, networking and IT. But there are others whose full time job it is to help educate us all including parents. One of the best groups around, Safer Schools Together, will be on-campus next week. Please come on Monday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. and bring your questions.