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BARK - Software to Help Keep Your Child Safe Online

We want to share an opportunity with you to help keep your children safe while supporting student safety initiatives in our region!  The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit (our local educational service agency) has recently partnered with Bark, a monthly subscription software, that uses advanced algorithms to monitor a child’s social media accounts, emails and texts for potential cyberbullying, sexting, drug use, online predators, depression and suicidal thoughts. Bark alerts parents when there is a potential issue and provides expert advice on the best ways to address the concern.
 
When you sign up at bark.wiu7.org, a portion of your membership fee will go to the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit to support programs that promote student safety in our region for the life of your membership. A family membership cost is $9/month/family after the 30-day free trial. You may cancel the service at any time.
 
More information on the WIU’s efforts to address student safety issues will rollout as their Stand Up to Bullying Task Force establishes key initiatives over the summer.
 
Click here to sign up and your account will automatically be associated with the WIU affiliate program. You will find helpful tips in the “Complete Guide to Your Child’s Mobile Device”. It is a great support piece for parents as you assist your child in navigating the world of social media.
 
Thank you in advance for being part of a community to foster a safe environment for our students!

Published: June 6, 2017 at 10:21 AM
Categories: District

13 Reasons Why - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Based on the novel by Jay Asher, “13 Reasons Why” is a popular Netflix series that tells the story of a high school student who leaves audio cassettes implicating 13 individuals who influenced her decision to end her life.  The cassettes uncover topics related to bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and suicide.  The show is rated TV-MA, for mature audiences.  We urge you to talk to your child to see if he/she is watching this controversial series.

There is concern that after watching “13 Reasons Why” some students could wrongly consider suicide as an escape.  Suicide is never the answer and we continue to emphasize this message.  Students are always welcome to meet with our counselors, administrators and teachers regarding thoughts or feelings they may have about harming themselves. 
 
This is an important matter and cannot be taken lightly.  Please click on the link for a list of Westmoreland County Suicide Prevention Resources.
 

Published: May 9, 2017 at 3:54 PM
Categories: District