Please READ this about social media and cell phones!
On January 12, 2015, the BASD hosted John Halligan for a night to discuss social media, cyber-bullying, and suicide prevention. Unfortunately, their 13-year-old son took his own life due to depression that was accelerated by social media and cyber-bullying. If you were able to attend this program, you understand how powerful his message was. It has caused me to add this section to our website with the hope that many of our parents will access and read this information, and follow his suggestions.First, there is absolutely no reason for a child at W.W. Evans to have any social media account. As a matter of fact, social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. disallow the use of their services by kids under the age of 13 in order to comply with the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). If you feel it is necessary, he recommends a "family" account with the word "family" as part of the username, for instance: Tabor Family.Smart phones are really not necessary for young kids, but they do allow parents to get in contact with their kids conveniently. It is the recommendation of our presenter to not allow students under the age of 13 to have a smart phone. Even when considering a "non-smart" phone, ask yourselves these questions: Does your young child really possess the maturity, judgement, and social skills to use text messaging and social media responsibly? Do their peers? Does your child really need a cell phone, particularly with text messaging and/or video features?Thank you for taking the time to seriously consider this information. I highly encourage every parent to visit http://www.RyanPatrickHalligan.org for more information.