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  • SOCIAL MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY
    Center Grove's Mobile Minds project provides iPads for each student in grades 6-12. The devices allows us to provide a personalized instructional approach to learning where technology is utilized in meaningful ways.
     
    With technology comes the need for responsibility from the student. Center Grove encourages parents to review with their students the corporation's Acceptable Use Policy and the discipline code in the student handbooks. Student handbooks can be found on each school’s website. It is the responsibility of parents and students to know what is right and what is wrong in the use of technology.

    We also encourage parents to monitor the technology their children are using at home. Resources are available.

    Filtering Content at Home
    If you have concerns about content filtering at home, there are options available:
    1. Set up Open DNS on home internet.
      • Open DNS offers parental controls on all of your devices opendns.com/setupguide/#familyshield. (If you need technical assistance with this feature, please contact your Internet Service Provider directly.

    2. Install filters on devices.
      • School iPads: Center Grove's Technology Department does have the capability to filter inappropriate content both onsite and offsite. This filter is called the Global Proxy. It is available for extenuating circumstances or students who opt to violate the policies related to the guidelines set forth by the handbook, available on the Mobile Minds website.

        Please keep in mind that utilizing the Global Proxy does decrease and slowdown performance while on the school’s system in terms of Internet activity. To have Global Proxy put on your child’s iPad, please send your request to techhelp@centergrove.k12.in.us.

      • Personal devices and home computers: StaySafeOnline.Org offers information on how to set up parental controls on phones and other mobile devices, as well as most computers and play systems.

    3. Monitor what they're watching and playing on their devices.
     
    Internet Access
    If you do not have Internet access at home, you may qualify for a special program with reduced pricing for the Internet called Internet Essentials. You can visit this site for more information regarding this opportunity - internetessentials.com.
     

    Social Media Usage

    At Center Grove, it is our hope that students who choose to engage in social media activity are able to do so in a responsible manner. Feeling connected, supported, and communicating with others are all undoubtedly important qualities in the teen years and beyond. However, we want to ensure that our students are making these connections in a safe and productive manner that is encouraging to others. Sherri Gordon, an author on bullying prevention, has cited the most common negative effects of social media include an increase in depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation, envy, and communication issues. In addition, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey of teens regarding their social media use, the results of which can be seen below.
     Social Media Usage Among Teens (Click for PDF)

    SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGES
    Many accounts are circulating in the media regarding disturbing internet challenges that target children. They have been reported on Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and YouTube Kids, but it may also be on other platforms. While there are some claims that these challenges are hoaxes, some children may try to play these games out of curiosity and unintentionally harm themselves. You can find information about some of these internet games from Common Sense Media.


    MONITORING USE & FILTERING CONTENT

    There are several ways to monitor or restrict the use of social media & technology. Some of these include: 

    1. Install filters on devices.
      • School iPads: Center Grove's Technology Department does have the capability to filter inappropriate content both onsite and offsite. This filter is called the Global Proxy. It is available for extenuating circumstances or students who opt to violate the policies related to the guidelines set forth by the handbook, available on the Mobile Minds website. 
        Please keep in mind that utilizing the Global Proxy does decrease and slowdown performance while on the school’s system in terms of Internet activity. To have Global Proxy put on your child’s iPad, please send your request to techhelp@centergrove.k12.in.us.

      • Personal devices and home computers: StaySafeOnline.Org offers information on how to set up parental controls on phones and other mobile devices, as well as most computers and play systems.
    2. Screen Time Parental Controls (iPhone/iPad)
      • From the user phone Click Settings > Screen Time > Use Screen Time Passcode (Enter a 4 digit passcode that will not be easily guessed)
      • There are many options within this setting restriction. Chooses “Always Allowed” for apps that will always be accessible such as Messages and FaceTime.
      • Click App Limits > Add Limit
      • You may choose a specific category or chooses “All Apps & Categories” to limit all. The passcode must be reentered in order to change this setting.
      • Click Set Up Screen Time For Family > Add Child or Create a Child Account > Follow additional prompts in order to view your child’s screen time from your phone
    3. Service providers typically have their own parental control systems.
    4. Additional Parental Controls (For Purchase):
    5. Monitor what they're watching and playing on their devices.

    POPULAR APPS

    Snapchat 

    • No one under 13 is allowed to create an account or use the services. We may offer additional Services with additional terms that may require you to be even older to use them.”
    • “Snap Inc. respects the rights of others. And so should you. You therefore may not use the Services, or enable anyone else to use the Services, in a manner that:
      • violates or infringes someone else’s rights of publicity, privacy, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual-property right.
      • bullies, harasses, or intimidates.
      • Defames.
      • spams or solicits our users.”
    • https://www.snap.com/en-US/terms/

    Instagram

    • Who Can Use Instagram. We want our Service to be as open and inclusive as possible, but we also want it to be safe, secure, and in accordance with the law. So, we need you to commit to a few restrictions in order to be part of the Instagram community. 
    • You must be at least 13 years old.
    • You can't impersonate others or provide inaccurate information.
      You don't have to disclose your identity on Instagram, but you must provide us with accurate and up to date information (including registration information). Also, you may not impersonate someone you aren't, and you can't create an account for someone else unless you have their express permission.”
    • “You can't post private or confidential information or do anything that violates someone else's rights, including intellectual property.”
    • https://help.instagram.com/581066165581870

    YOLO

    Eligibility

    • This is a contract between you and Company. You must read and agree to these terms before using the Company Service. If you do not agree, you may not use the Service. You may use the Service only if you can form a binding contract with Company, and only in compliance with this Agreement and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations. You represent that you are 18 years of age or older or if you are under 18 years of age, you are using the Service under the supervision of your parent or legal guardian. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or legal guardian must first review and agree to this Agreement. Any use or access to the Service by anyone under 13 is strictly prohibited and in violation of this Agreement. The Service is not available to any Users previously removed from the Service by Company.
    • https://onyolo.com/terms

    Twitter

    • Who May Use the Services
      You may use the Services only if you agree to form a binding contract with Twitter and are not a person barred from receiving services under the laws of the applicable jurisdiction. In any case, you must be at least 13 years old, or in the case of Periscope - 16 years old, to use the Services.
    • Safety
      • Violence: You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence. Learn more about our violent threat and glorification of violence policies. 
      • Abuse/harassment: You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. This includes wishing or hoping that someone experiences physical harm. Learn more.
      • Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease. Learn more.
      • Suicide or self-harm: You may not promote or encourage suicide or self-harm. Learn more.
      • Sensitive media, including graphic violence and adult content: You may not post media that is excessively gory or share violent or adult content within live video or in profile or header images. Media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted. Learn more.
      • Illegal or certain regulated goods or services: You may not use our service for any unlawful purpose or in furtherance of illegal activities. This includes selling, buying, or facilitating transactions in illegal goods or services, as well as certain types of regulated goods or services. Learn more.
    • https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/twitter-rules

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


    1 Gordon, Sherri. (2019, June 19). 5 Ways Social Media Affects Teen Mental Health. Retrieved From https://www.verywellfamily.com/ways-social-media-affects-teen-mental-health-4144769