Dear Parents,

With the increased use of computers, the internet, and other technology in the classroom, the teachers are making a
concerted effort to monitor technology usage while in school. We would like you to be aware of cyberbullying so that
you may monitor your children at home as well.

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and
equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text
messages, chat, and websites.

Parents, teachers, and kids can prevent cyberbullying. Together, they can explore safe ways to use technology. The
website stopbullying.gov provides advice on what parents can do to help the situation. Please review the important tips
from this website below, and feel free to visit the website for additional information.

Be Aware of What Your Kids are Doing Online

  • Tell your kids that as a responsible parent you may review their online communications if you think there is reason for
  • concern.
  • Have a sense of what they do online and in texts. Learn about the sites they like. Try out the devices they use.
  • Ask for their passwords, but tell them you’ll only use them in case of emergency.
  • Ask to “friend” or “follow” your kids on social media sites or ask another trusted adult to do so.
  • Encourage your kids to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied.
  • Establish Rules about Technology Use
  • Be clear about what sites they can visit and what they are permitted to do when they’re online.
  • Help them be smart about what they post or say. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others.
  • Encourage kids to think about whom they want to see the information and pictures they post online.
  • Tell kids to keep their passwords safe and not share them with friends.

It is important to have regular discussions about cyberbullying with your children. If you have any questions or concerns,
please feel free to contact me.

God bless,
Sr. Marie Antonelli, M.P.F.
Principal