Oak Lawn Community High School issued a reminder to all students to T.H.I.N.K. before posting on social media.
T.H.I.N.K. stands for “Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?”
The Social and Emotional Learning Community also put together a few reminders for parents about parenting a teenager with social media. Those reminders are as follows:
1. Friend your child on all social media accounts. But beware, most students have multiple usernames, one for family and one for friends.
2. Know your child’s password(s) and security code(s).
3. Share information about online dangers with your children
4. Remind your child to NOT friend or follow anyone without personally meeting that person, even if they have mutual friends. Your child should not be replying to DMs (direct messages) from strangers.
5. Watch for warning signs in your child and changes in their behavior which could be a sign of a negative online relationship.
• Are they withdrawn?
• Are they addicted to their device?
• Are they being secretive?
• Do they take their phone into the bathroom?
• Do they delete content?
• Do they receive messages at inappropriate times?
There are also ways to be preventative with your teenager.
1. Surprise them with a video chat or Facetime.
2. Text them and say “Hi!” Catch them off guard.
3. Use apps to limit their use which will also encourage proper rest.
4. Charge Devices in a family location, not in bedrooms.
Staff regularly share online safety tips with students through Advisory lessons, Spartan Plus opportunities, classroom activities, and publicity.