Kids and Cell Phone Safety. INFORMATION AND PREVENTION. August 2009. Training Objectives. Identify what things parents should consider before buying their child a cell phone. Identify risks associated with cell phone usage. Define Sexting and the risks associated with it.
INFORMATION AND PREVENTION
▪Cell phones have been used to call in bomb threats to schools. In many communities, these calls can not be traced by public safety officials.
▪Student use of cell phones could actually detonate a real bomb, if there was one on campus.
▪ cell phones can detract from school safety and crisis preparedness in the following ways: Cell phones systems typically overload during a major crisis (as they did during the Columbine school shooting and the attacks on 9-11). Usage by a large number of students at once could add to the overload and knock out cell phone systems quicker than could normally occur. Since cell phones are used as a backup communications tool for school administrators and crisis teams, widespread student use in a crisis could eliminate crisis team emergency communication tools in a very short period of critical time.
▪Cell phone use by students can hamper rumor control and can disrupt and delay effective public safety personnel response.
▪Students using cell phones can impede public safety response by accelerating parental response to an emergency scene. A large number of parents may be showing up, when officials are trying to evacuate students to another site.
(Wilson, Jacque. What to know before buying your kid a cell phone. CNN.com, August 11, 2008)
▪Kids should think about the consequences before taking, sending or forwarding a sexual picture of someone underage, even if it is a picture of themselves.
▪Consequences can include getting kicked off sports teams, facing humiliation, the loss of educational opportunities and getting in trouble with the law.
▪Kids should never take images of themselves they wouldn’t want everyone (their family, classmates, teachers, or employers) to see.
▪Before hitting send, kids should remember they can not control where the picture may travel. What is sent to a boyfriend or girlfriend could easily end up with their friends, and their friends, and more and more people.
▪Anyone who forwards a sexual picture of someone underage is as responsible for the image as the original sender. There could be possible child pornography charges, and the sender could go to jail. They would also have to register as a sex offender.
▪Kids should report any nude pictures they receive on their cell phone to a trusted adult. The message should not be deleted. Instead, parents, guardians, teachers, and school counselors should be involved immediately.
▪Children and teens should never share their wireless number and personal or identifying information with anyone they do not know well. Likewise, friends’ numbers should not be given out.
▪Cell phones and other wireless devices should never be used to take, send or post pictures or videos of friends without permission from their parents or guardians. Taking or sharing an embarrassing picture of someone is a form of harassment and cyberbullying. Once an image has been sent, it can never be retrieved.
▪ used to take, send or post pictures or videos of friends without permission from their parents or guardians. Taking or sharing an embarrassing picture of someone is a form of harassment and cyberbullying. Once an image has been sent, it can never be retrieved. Children and teens should keep their passwords private. They should never be shared with anyone other than parents or guardians.
▪Photos of children and teens should never be given to anyone they do not know well and do not trust. Sexually provocative pictures or messages should never be sent.
▪Parents should remind children that text messages may be intercepted or used by others. Appropriate language should be used, while also not revealing personal information.
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