#childsafety | Parents Get Tips On Social Media, Internet Safety

GLENVIEW, IL – From Northbrook-Glenview School District 30: A good question one should ask themselves before posting on Social Media is, “Would your grandmother approve of what you are posting, sending, or doing?” asked Glenview’s Community Relations Police Officer, Joel Detloff, while addressing over 40 parents at Maple School, during a workshop held there on October 10.

He and Glenview Police Department Detective, Carlie Janowiak have been taking their presentation on social media internet safety across Northfield Township, informing community members and teachers of the latest tips and tactics on how to keep themselves and their children safe while visiting social networks.

Left, Superintendent Dr. Wegley, to his left Glenview Police Dept. detective Carly Janowiak, Maple PTO Co-President (Glenview resident) Becky Fliegel and fron back is Northbrook resident and District 30 parent Zivit Blonder.

Some facts presented: Snapchat is currently the most widely used app on social media, and it is used primarily by those younger than 35. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter follow in order of popularity, while Facebook has become the user’s choice for older adults.

In fact, “Forty-four percent of those ages 18 to 29 say they’ve deleted the app from their phone in the last year,” according to CNBC, Consumer News and Business Channel.

Officer Detloff instructed, “Monitor your children’s activities on the Internet and social media sites. Take control of their device and become the administrator. Obtain their passwords.”

He said that parents should use available tools, like the “Findmyapp” app to track lost phones or current geo-locations. Parental controls limit data, text, purchases and use time. Parents were also told to mandate that their children accept them as a “friend” on social media platforms they are using.

“Install filtering software, like ‘cyberpatrol.'”

Officer Janowiak explained some important social networking safety rules and discussed the issue of online predators and how to manage and address cyberbullying.

“Never use your full name online, or any other personal information. Do not respond to rude or bullying messages, and if there is clearly threat of harm involved, parents should call the police,” warned Officer Janowiak.

Parents were told to remind their kids that free Wi-Fi is not secure, turn off Wi-fi auto-connect, and use secure websites.

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Glenview Police Deparments Community Service Officer Joel Detloff speaks to Maple School PTO Co-President Erin Sommer during a presentation on social media and internet safety tips at Maple School.

The officers discussed using Google to stay informed of the latest information on social media safety. More information is available at Instagram and Facebook Privacy and Safety Centers. They also shared important information on E-cigs, JUUL and the effects and usage of these devices by youth in today’s society.

Office Detloff concluded the evening by giving some good old-fashioned advice that even a grandmother would approve of: “Everything in moderation. Watch for problems, Stay in communication with your children.”

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, Maple Principal Dr. Nate Carter, Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf, and Director of Educational Technology Andrew Kohl attended the presentation, and talked to parents at the evening’s conclusion.”

This presentation was sponsored by the Maple, Wescott and Willlowbrook PTOs, and hosted by Maple School PTO with Co-Presidents Becky Fliegel and Erin Sommer.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley stated, “Thank you to the PTOs and the Glenview Police Department for bringing the social media presentation to Maple School. Their core message was to monitor and guide our children’s technology use. Thank you also to our parents for being a community that craves learning!”

Photos courtesy of Northbrook-Glenview School District 30

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