D.158 hosts social media presentation Wednesday

2014-04-22T00:00:00Z D.158 hosts social media presentation WednesdayPaul Czpakowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 22, 2014 12:00 am  • 

LANSING | All District 158 parents and their children are invited to attend a presentation titled "Social Media and its Impact on Schools and Community," which is to take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Memorial Junior High School.

D.158 administration, a school law attorney, a representative from the Lansing Police Department and an IT security analyst from Purdue University are scheduled to be on hand.

Attendees will learn about the role of schools regarding Internet bullying, sexting, cutting, threats, etc., by students outside of the school building, and also the role of police and the processes used to address complaints.

A short video will be shown on how parents can protect their children from Internet predators.

"There are things that are happening out there that we need to keep our parents informed of," Superintendent Cecilia Heiberger said.

She said one thing parents should do is make sure they know the passwords to their children's phones.

"You should be checking to see what they are doing, whether they're the recipient or whether they're the ones that are doing the threatening and the bullying," Heiberger said.

Heiberger said much of the upcoming presentation was generated from a situation described by a parent who spoke at Wednesday's School Board meeting.

The mother of a Coolidge Elementary School fifth-grader was critical of the district's response to what she said was a threat made to her son by a classmate through social media.

She said the child sent a picture of a gun to some other students with the claim he would bring it in his backpack to shoot her son.

The mother said she notified the school and that administration addressed the student who allegedly made the threat, but she said her son was not approached by administration until two days later.

Heiberger refused to comment directly on the situation and whether it was handled properly.

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