Internet Safety

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    Welcome to the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Internet Safety Resource Page! We hope that you enjoyed watching the “Stay Out of the Box” video and engaging in the lessons. On this page, you’ll find our video, resources, and information to help you continuing showing respect 24/7.

    As you navigate this page, just remember:

    • Think before you speak, text, or post.
    • Ask yourself is it welcome, true, or kind?
    • Anyone can see what you post!

    Use Social Media Responsibly: Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org) provides a wealth of resources to help young people thrive in a world of social media, the internet, texting, and other technology. Among its tips for social media users, the organization suggests:

    • Parents should visit the site or app's safety section with their child. Sometimes you can find these sections under "About Us," "Privacy Policy,” or “Settings.” Review the rules and find out how your child can report mean or inappropriate content.

    • Don’t add strangers as contacts. People aren't always who they say they are online. If someone you don't know communicates with you, do not respond, and tell a trusted adult.

    • Keep some information private, such as your name, address, school, and phone number
    • No matter what app you use, anyone can see, share, or save your posts/messages. No App can provide 100% security and your posts/messages can be shared publicly.

     

    Enable Security Settings on Apps:

    • Snapchat: Please note that the Snapchat app is particularly concerning. Because Snapchat automatically deletes photo, video, or text messages shortly after they are opened, young people may falsely assume Snapchat messages — particularly those containing bias-based, sexually explicit, or other offensive content — will be immediately destroyed. However, the message receiver can easily take a screenshot, and then share the harmful images, videos, or words as widely and frequently as they choose.

    • In the “Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Snapchat,” Common Sense Media suggests parents enable privacy settings with their children. Click on the link for detailed instructions.

    • Instagram and Facebook: Common Sense Media urges teenagers to use privacy settings to limit their audience on Instagram and Facebook to people they know well.

    Use the links below for resources and information that can help you be respectful to everyone in your life.

  • Want to report a bias-based comment or inappropriate use of social media?

    report a problem
  • Some of the resources use different vocabulary than we did in 24/7 Respect Week. For example, some sites mention microaggressions. When that word is used, the site is discussing bias-based comments. Despite these minor differences, all of the resources can help you show respect to your family, friends, and classmates.

    The Boston Public Schools would like to thank Commonsense Media for allowing us to use their Digital Citizenship lessons as a part of 24/7 Respect Week. Commonsense Media owns the rights to all images, media, and materials for lessons 2-5. If you would like more lesson materials, join their site and explore their resources.

    If you have a question, comment, or concern, please contact the Office of Equity for support. You can reach us at bpsequity@bostonpublicschools.org or at 617-635-9650.