While the internet is a terrific resource for information and communication, the risk of children coming across something inappropriate or even dangerous online has increased tremendously in recent years. St. Joseph School takes this issue very seriously, and has instituted safety guidelines for students and parents.
St. Joseph School recently brought in Rich Wistocki, a Cyber Crimes Detective with the Naperville Police Department, to speak about Internet safety. “There’s no such thing as Internet privacy with children,” said Detective Wistocki. “Parents need to know what apps their kids are using, and who they’re talking to.” He urges parents to work as a team, to know their children’s screen names and passwords, to always monitor the children’s technology usage, and to keep devices out of the kids’ bedrooms at night. More information can be found at www.Besureconsulting.com.
Detective Wistocki taught students and parents how to responsibly locate and then evaluate the content of Internet sites related to academic research and peer communication. Teachers will continue using those tools to foster the goals of message, community, and service. “We’re working with our students to provide rich experiences in technology, while practicing our beliefs in respecting others,” said Rita Stasi, Principal of St. Joseph School.
SJS provides laptops and iPads to primary and intermediate level students, and middle school students receive a Chromebook. Before devices are issued, students and parents are required to attend a special training session on Internet safety, and students receive weekly in-school instruction regarding proper usage. Students learn the “3 Ps Test”, which requires them to ask themselves before sharing any information online, “Would I let my Pastor, Principal, and Parents read this?”. If the answer is no, it’s not appropriate to share.
All SJS students and parents are required to read and sign the Diocese of Joliet Technology Use Policy Agreement, which details expectations for all technology users. For more information about Internet safety, please contact:
St. Joseph School
4832 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515