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The Internet, aside from being a powerful and beneficial tool, poses a number of dangers. As part of our violence prevention efforts, we work to increase community knowledge regarding Internet safety for ALL ages. Use these resources to help your students and other technology users safely navigate the world of technology.
BCPS Social Media Use Guidelines
As per Policy 5306, Broward County Public Schools adheres to the belief that technology should play a vital role in meeting the needs of the broad range of abilities, disabilities, cultural backgrounds and ethnic populations represented in Broward District schools. To assure technology plays a prominent role while remaining safe and appropriate, BCPS has developed the Social Media Use Guidelines to provide direction for employees, students and the school district community when participating in online social media activities.
Find up to date user friendly Social Media Guidelines flyers on the Code of Student Conduct webpage.
Do you know about sexting?
Sexting is on the rise and in the News. Sexting is when someone sends sexually explicit images of themselves or others via cell phone or computer.
Sex + Texting = Sexting
Under Florida law, sending an image of a minor (to both the sender and receiver) can result in criminal charges.
In addition, did you know that “No cell phones with cameras and/or video recording devices are permitted in the locker room/restroom area” of ANY public restroom or place where there is the perception of privacy (locker-rooms, tanning booths, etc.)? It is a crime called 'Video Voyeurism' and is a a first degree misdemeanor burglary and trespass in the state of Florida.
Internet Safety Resources and Links
Please Note: A program or website being mentioned here does not imply endorsement by the School Board of Broward County and does not necessarily reflect its views. Contact the program developers directly for the most current information.
B4UClick: B4UClick aims to create a way to educate, communicate, and provide a method of reporting online abuse to children and adolescents.
Common Sense Media – Provides numerous Family Tip Sheets for parents as well as lessons on online safety, cyber citizenship, and cyberbullying.
iKeepSafe.org Teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in school.
NetCetera: The Net Cetera from the Federal Trade Commission, offers free resources for teachers, parents and students which teach online safety. Resources include Toolkits, presentations to parents or teachers, student videos for the classroom, and free booklets for distribution.
NetSmartz Parents’ and guardians’ premier, online resource for answering questions about Internet safety, computers, and the Web. Online resources for children 10 and under.
ReviewLab's Online Safety Resource Guide has numerous links to resources and articles regarding online safety."
SafeFlorida.net, a Florida website dedicated to fighting Cybercrime and supporting Cyber Safety.
Sextortion: If you believe you’re a victim of sextortion or know someone else who is, call your local FBI office or toll-free at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Web Wise Kids: Web Wise Kids (WWK) is a national nonprofit organization that specializes in interactive computerized games on internet safety topics.
Want to know more about cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is willful and repeated harm inflicted through the medium of electronic text. Research has shown the damage caused by cyberbullying is just as severe as face to face bullying. People who cyberbully are able to invade every facet of their target's lives, 24/7, and this inability to escape it can be devastating.
The majority of the Internet safety and bullying prevention curricula include components on cyberbullying. Use them with your students to help create of climate of safety and respect, both online and off.
Make An Anonymous Report
Anonymous reports can be made to Broward County Public School’s Special Investigative Unit, FortifyFL, or SaferWatch. These services are designed to help us anonymously and securely report anything that we fear might endanger us at school. Tips can be made via phone, text, or email with SUI, and these reporting apps. If there is an emergency, dial 911.