• Online Safety and Privacy... It's Not a Joking Matter

    From the time children are born, parents teach them how to be safe. "Don't talk to strangers." "Look both ways before crossing the street." However, sometimes, we don't share those same types of safety lessons when it comes to online activities.

    It is critical for kids to understand the importance of being safe and smart online and how their activities online can have an impact on their lives. So check out the resources below that highlight how to help kids navigate the online world while minimizing the risks.

  • think before you post poster with cell phone text messagesIn just a few seconds, a student can tap out a short message to send by social media, via text message, or through email. However, if that message is an alarming threat, angry words that seem threatening, or a menacing meme or photo, those few seconds could lead to a lifetime of consequences for a young person. And, here’s the thing. A child doesn’t have to mean it or be able to carry out their threat for it to be a very serious offense. Just like a verbal or written threat, issuing a digital threat— over social media, via text message, or through email— is a federal crime. Even if the threat is a hoax, those who post or send threats can receive up to five years in federal prison, face state or local charges, and have school disciplinary consequences. 

    GCPS supports the Federal Bureau of Investigation's efforts to share the “Think Before You Post” message to raise awareness about the consequences of online threats. GCPS maintains its focus on educating students on the importance of being good digital citizens. Click here to learn more about this initiative.