Valley Stream Union Free School District Thirteen’s James A. Dever Elementary School students recently welcomed Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Theresa Tebbett who shared information about internet safety rules and practices with a presentation called S.T.O.P. (Study the content, Think about others, Only send if appropriate, Pictures are forever) Then Send. During the presentation, students were asked to raise their hands if they were familiar with individual social media apps and online games—and the majority of students raised their hands each time.
With this in mind, Assistant DA Tebbett offered the students her “Four Rules of Internet Safety.”
1. Tell your trusted adult if anything makes me feel sad, scared or confused.
2. Ask your trusted adult before sharing information like your name, address and phone number.
3. Do not meet face-to-face with anyone from the internet.
4. Always use good manners and do not be rude or mean online.
As technology becomes more prevalent in the classroom and beyond, the District is committed to providing students with the tools to safely navigate the internet to keep themselves and their friends safe.