I am asking for your help. Over the past few weeks some Washington students have been engaging with social media in inappropriate ways. TikTok seems to be the favorite platform right now, however, it is not the only one popular with students. I’m asking you to have a serious talk with your child about keeping their school safe and how actions and words on social media matter.
I am concerned that some students think it is funny or just a joke to post videos and/or make comments about weapons or threats. Please talk to your child tonight about how any reference to violence can be seen as a threat to safety and is not a joke. Please take time to explain how serious this is and that there can be significant consequences to videos, pictures and comments they are posting. If images, videos, comments or posts of any sort are made that lead to a “disruption or interference with curricular or extracurricular activities,” consequences from the district can occur.
If you are not already doing so, please check your child’s social media accounts on a regular basis. Be aware of what they are posting and who they are sharing posts with. Conversations with your child open opportunities for real learning and understanding.
Our district is committed to the digital wellness of our students and families. You can find resources on safety, etiquette, citizenship and overall wellness on our digital wellness page.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me directly. I thank you in advance for taking an active interest in what your child is doing with not only social media, but also any technology apps they are using to communicate messages with others.
Monica Campana, Principal