Upon reflection of some of the events from last week, I am going to request some assistance from parents with monitoring your student's cell phones (I am sure many of you do this already). I encourage each of you to take a few minutes and have a conversation with your student about when it is appropriate to take pictures or videos of people and obtaining people's permission to post items on the internet for the world to access. A best practice of parenting is also to have your child's passwords both to their phones and computers, so that you can know what they are doing online. There are many applications for cell phones with the purpose of briefly displaying a picture or post, and then it supposedly disappears, like the Snap Chat app. Many students are skilled at pulling screen shots off Snap Chat and similar apps in the short amount of time they are visible, and then using the image or words in another venue. Parenting in the new era of social media is not easy, and there will always be a new app that our children will be downloading. But, taking the time to talk with your children about privacy, common courtesy, and thinking about unintended outcomes with social media is imperative in order for them to make responsible decisions with the power they have at their fingertips. Spend ten minutes with your children discussing their phone activity this week - ask them to show you their apps and how they function, ask to look at their picture and video gallery and look at their texts. In talking with my own son this week, it has opened some avenues of discussion that have brought us closer together. I truly appreciate your partnership in creating a positive school environment in which all of our students can learn.