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Social Media Caution for Students and Parents

Schools across our region are seeing a rise in students using “anonymous” websites to post comments and pictures.  It is important for students to know that these postings are not fully anonymous; users can be identified.  Mean and hurtful postings are a form of cyber-bullying and may be punishable by law.  

Students are cautioned to be considerate of what they post on social media.  

Please review with your child our district’s Student Internet Acceptable Use policy which outlines the access provided to students within our schools, along with students’ responsibilities for acceptable and prohibited uses. Our anti-bullying policy expressly prohibits bullying, harassment, or intimidation of any kind.  We encourage students to report bullying via our anonymous StudentsSpeaking Out line at (888) 580-8477 in keeping with our safe schools initiative.

The consequences for cyber-bullying can be very serious. When students post threatening or any other types of inappropriate messages or photos, including the sharing of nude photos, they can and will be referred to school police or local law enforcement.  School-based disciplinary measures will be taken, and can include the loss of student privileges, suspension, and expulsion.

TheSan Diego Unified School District partners with the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to help students and families monitor and manage social media. For resources to assist you in talking to your child about safe online behavior, please visit http://www.smartcyberchoices.org/ or http://studentsspeakingout.org/students.html to learn more.

We appreciate your cooperation and support of the SDUSD Internet policy.