LAPS news release
Today, administrators at Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School learned that inappropriate images were sent to students’ iPhones via the phone’s AirDrop feature.
School administrators were able to quickly investigate the matter and identify the source. Appropriate action was taken regarding the incident.
The class continued uninterrupted.
Families are encouraged to check student phones for inappropriate images.
We recommend regularly monitoring student devices, including text messages, photos, and social media accounts.
AirDrop of photos on campus is not allowed. Make sure this feature is disabled on student iPhones.
Here are some internet safety tips for students and families from Scholastic.
- Stick to the facts: It may sound totally lame to teens, but if social networking is the best way to avoid bullying and harassment, then you should follow the golden rule. Research shows that people who harass others online often become victims of harassment themselves. Just like in the real world, encourage children to avoid problems by being themselves, being honest, and treating others with respect.
- Protect your passwords: Your kids are too old to forget that they shouldn’t share their passwords with anyone (even friends). The strongest passwords are a combination of letters and numbers and do not contain an easily guessed name or other identifiable information. By sealing the password in an envelope and promising to open it only in an emergency, you add security while respecting your child’s privacy.
- Post with caution: Posting personal information or inappropriate messages can put you at risk with strangers and friends. Once a message or photo has been emailed or posted, it’s almost impossible to get it back. Friends part, but photos on the Internet are forever. If you have a profile on networking sites like Facebook or Tumblr, remind your child that anything they post is public. Anything you don’t want strangers or college advisors to see should be kept offline.
- Stay Clean: Talking about sex and sharing explicit images online may sound fun, but embarrassment among friends has led to predator “grooming” (online stalking). It can lead to anything from If it’s a photo, it’s actually illegal. If your child is receiving sexual messages or images, the first thing they should do is tell you or another adult. increase. CyberTipline.com.
- Don’t meet online friends offline: In fact, there’s no way your child can be sure that someone they meet online is really who they say they are. And when they meet in person, your child can be exposed to real, real-world dangers. However, if you know your child will be doing it anyway, always bring a friend and tell them to let you or another trusted adult know where they are going.
“Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School take these issues very seriously. Please report any concerns to school officials.” –LAPS