Safety tips are provided regularly by the District Safe Schools Committee to remind teachers and staff about ways to keep our schools and work areas safe for students and employees.
- Safety Tip: Internet Safety
The Internet is a wonderful resource for students. It can used for education and recreation, allowing them to explore new interests, keep up with their favorite hobbies and communicate with friends. Especially in the age of Cyberbullying and online predators, the Internet can also be a dangerous place. The Utah Attorney General’s Office suggests the following guidelines for what parents and teachers can do to keep students safe on the internet:
- Talk with children about online dangers, including sexual victimization and cyberbulling.
- Spend time with children online exploring positive sites and teaching responsible use of the Internet.
- Protect passwords, which should be required to go online. Do not share passwords with others.
- Station computers with Internet access in visible areas of the home and classroom—not in a child’s room.
- Always maintain access to children’s online accounts and randomly check e-mail and browsing history. You can find recently viewed Web pages by using the history button on an Internet browser.
- Additional information on Internet safety can be found on the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Web site at www.utahicac.com.
- Safety Tip: Beware of Identity Theft
Identity theft occurs when someone uses personally identifying information, like a name, Social Security number or credit card number, to commit fraud or other crimes. Thieves can get this information in a variety of ways, including taking purses from offices and school buildings, entering vehicles in parking lots, or stealing computers containing personal information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides several tips for those who suspect they may be a victim of identity theft:
- Place a “Fraud Alert” on credit reports and review the reports carefully.
- Close any accounts that have been tampered with or established fraudulently.
- Call the security or fraud departments of each company where an account was opened or changed without your permission.
- Ask for verification that the disputed account has been closed and any fraudulent debts discharged.
- Keep copies of documents and records of your conversations about the theft.
- File a police report.
- Report the theft to the FTC.
- Additional information, including ways to deter, detect and defend against identity theft, visit the FTC identity theft page at www.ftc.gov/idtheft.
Safety Tip: Keep Door Windows Uncovered
Be sure to keep the windows on classroom doors uncovered at all times. These windows are necessary to maintain a reasonable line of sight into the classroom and ensure the overall safety of students and teachers.