Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Social Networking Sites

Social Networks

Quick tips for keeping yourself safe on social networks

  • Put everything behind password protected walls, where only friends can see
  • Protect your password and make sure you really know who someone is before you allow them onto your friends list
  • Blur or morph your photos a bit so they won't be abused by cyberbullies or predators
  • Don't post anything your parents, principal or a predator couldn't see
  • What you post online stays online - forever - so, ThinkB4uClick!
  • Don't so or say anything online you wouldn't say offline
  • Protect your privacy and your friends' privacy too...get their okay before posting something about them or their pic online
  • Check what your friends are posting/saying about you. Even if you are careful, they may not be and may be putting you at risk.
  • That cute fourteen year old boy may not be cute, may not be fourteen and may not be a boy! You never know!
  • And, unless you’re prepared to attach your MySpace or Facebook to your college, job, internship, scholarship or sports team application, don’t post it publicly!

netiquette (online etiquette)

Click the picture above for a printable guide to online etiquette (also known as netiquette). This is a great discussion starter.

Are you a Cyber bully?

Click the picture above to print out a quiz to find out if you are a cyber bully.

The Megan Meier MySpace Story

Monday, February 23, 2009

Students Face Charges in Youtube Fight Fallout

Middle school students in Green Bay, Wisconsin are facing fines and suspensions tonight after posting their school yard fight on Youtube.com earlier this week.

At least four students have been suspended at Franklin Middle School, for involvement with the incident and up to six students have been ticketed by police for disorderly conduct.

Several fight scenes coming out of Franklin Middle School have been recorded and posted – in one fight, two students punch each other in the school bathroom while other watch, laugh, and videotape with their cell phones.

This is just one incidence amongst many in a recent trend of posting fights and harassment on Youtube.

Check out the clip below for an in-depth description and brief footage from the fights.

Discuss what is appropriate/inappropriate for posting on youtube. Make sure to mention that your school name should never be tagged or mentioned.

Friday, February 20, 2009

We made it on the teens for jeans website!!

We're on the official teens for jeans website!!

109 jeans!!....make that 112!!!!

We are thrilled to announce that the middle school collected 112 jeans to be donated to homeless teens for the dosomething/aeropostale teens for jeans drive. Mrs. Praesant's advisory and Mrs. Pal's advisory tied with the most amount of jeans at 25 each. They have earned themselves a dress down day in the near future. For more information about the drive, visit teens for jeans . The jeans will be delivered this weekend to Aeropostale. Thanks so much for all of your support during this drive!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Teens for Jeans Celebrity Pics!

Shaliene Woodley, star of THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEEN drops off her jeans at an Aeropostale in Los Angeles and even signs some for fans!

Eva Amurri (SAVED! and NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU) donates her jeans at an Aeropostale in New York

Chace Crawford, star of GOSSIP GIRL, drops off his jeans at an Aeropostale in New York

American Idol David Archuleta donates his jeans in NYC to support Teens For Jeans

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Stand Up for Kids

Click the logo above to see a slideshow from standupforkids.org.

Perry's Story

Do1Thing: Homeless Teens at Covenant House

You can do 1 thing to show homeless kids that they matter. Covenant House has created a list of things that you can do here. Did you know we have a local Covenant House in Philadelphia?

The Jonas Brothers on Teens for Jeans

My Friend's Place

Founded in 1988, My Friend's Place is a nonprofit Resource Center offering a comprehensive continuum of care that includes free emergency resources such as food and clothing in combination with health, educational, and therapeutic services to over 1,800 homeless youth and their children each year. Their guiding principles and how they serve can be found here. If you would like to read some stories about teens they have helped, go here.