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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Schools Out!

Today is the last day of School for the Rock Hill School District and on Saturday, we'll have another graduating class. Best of luck to the graduates and that everyone has a busy and safe summer.

Now that children will have more time on their hands, many will be going to the social networks online. The video below from CommonSenseMedia and posted on the ParentDish blog site is good for everyone to watch.

Rules of the Road for Kids
  • Guard your privacy. What people know about you is up to you.
  • Protect your reputation. Self-reflect before you self-reveal. What's funny or edgy today could cost you tomorrow.
  • Nothing is private online. Anything you say or do can be copied, pasted, and sent to gazillions of people without your permission.
  • Assume everyone is watching. There's a huge, vast audience out there. If someone is your friend's friend, they can see everything.
  • Apply the Golden Rule. If you don't want it done to you, don't do it to someone else.
  • Watch the clock. A virtual hug never matches a real one. Balance your life.
  • Choose wisely. Not all content is appropriate. You know what we mean.
  • Don't hide. Using anonymity to cloak your actions doesn't turn you into a trustworthy, responsible human being.
  • Think about what you see. Just because it's online doesn't make it true.
  • Be smart, be safe. Not everyone is who they say they are. But you know that.

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Get more information for parents on media and technology by checking out Common Sense Media.

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