Parent Resource Page

Click Here To View Being 13: Inside the Secret World of Teens
a Social Media Study by CNN

Click Here To Read A Social Media Alert written by Bernie Kaplan, North High Principal,
and A Growing Concern Here At South High written by Susan Elliott, South High Prinicpal

Click Here To Read An Elementary Parent Letter About Social Networking
written by Marc Epstein, District Technology Director

Click Here To View the GNPS Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security
which demonstrates our commitment to protecting the privacy and security of student data.

Click Here To View Frontline: Growing Up Online
an Excellent Program About the Online World of Teens by PBS

Click Here To View a YouTube Video on Cell Phone Misuse
and a YouTube Video on Facebook's Terms of Service

Click Here To Read iPad Tips for Parents
courtesy of South Middle School

Click Here To Go Directly To Our Internet Safety Parent Resources

Internet safety used to be all about keeping children away from inappropriate content and illegal Web sites. While that is still a concern, Internet safety has changed as the Internet has evolved. The communication explosion that has made the world closely connected has not made the world safer. Many real-world hazards have migrated to Cyberspace, such as bullying, threats, and predators, and parents need to be proactively involved in their children's Internet world more than ever before.

Almost all incidents in Great Neck involving inappropriate student behavior while online occur outside of school because of the tight supervision and filtering systems adopted by our district. However, these problems often spill over into the school in the form of bad feelings, arguments, and disruption. What we see the most includes inappropriate personal information being posted on a profile, Cyberbullying or Cyberthreats via Instant Messaging or in Chat Rooms, the posting of hurtful or threatening messages, the sharing of hurtful text messages, embarrassing comments, and inappropriate photos and videos being uploaded to social networking sites such as Myspace, Facebook, and YouTube.

Most of these incidents occur without the knowledge or consent of parents, who aren't aware of what their children are doing when they go online either in their own home or at a friend's house. Some parents just don't feel as comfortable with technology as their children and defer to them when it comes to the computer. Some parents work long hours and just aren't available to supervise their children's computer use after school. Some parents don't believe their children would do anything wrong so they trust them to do the right thing independently before they are mature enough to handle it. They forget they are still children, still learning, still subject to peer pressure, and still subject to poor judgment.

Children, on the other hand, are growing up with technology. It is part of their everyday lives mostly for the better but sometimes for the worse. The Internet as a medium promotes communication and socialization, but often without restraint. Children don't realize that there are real-life consequences for poor online choices. It doesn't occur to them that what they post online can be copied, saved, and forwarded to others and remain long after the original has been deleted. They feel anonymous when they create screen names and online personas that can be totally different than who they are in real life. They can fall in with a bad crowd, communicate the wrong things, get to know the wrong people, and endanger themselves and those around them.

These are some of the many reasons why we decided to publish this Internet Safety Parent Resource Page, to help educate and empower parents to proactively supervise their children's online activities and to help keep children safe when using the Internet. Below you will find practical information and links to resources that you can use right in your own home. If you have any questions about Internet Safety or comments about this page, feel free to e-mail them to
Marc Epstein, District Technology Director.

GNPS Resources

Sobering Statistics

Learning Links

Technical Support
Internet Safety Letter
from Marc Epstein, Technology Director
42% of Parents Don't Monitor
Netsmartz Monitoring Study
AOL Parent Controls
Cyberbullying Board Speech
by Marc Epstein,
Technology Director
42% of Kids Bullied Online Survey
OnGuard Online
Apple iPad Support
Internet Safety Presentation
by North Middle School
Computer Staff
69% of Teens Receive Message From People They Don't Know
Internet Statistics about Teens
FBI Parent's Guide to
Internet Safety
How to Check Browser History
iPad Tips for Parents
by South Middle School
Computer Staff
95% of Social Media-Using Teens Have Witness Cruel Behavior
Internet Safety 101
Elementary Internet Safety Curriculum Framework
32% of Teens Harassed Online
Pew Internet Survey
MSNBC's Internet Safety: What Parents Need To Know
Filtering Software
Grade 2
Open House Handout
61% of Teens Have Profile
Netsmartz Teen Internet Study
Nassau County SPIN
Cyberbullying Awareness
FireFox Parent Controls
Grade 3
Open House Handout
8% of Teens Post Cell Phone #
Internet Statistics about Teens
Power to Learn
Internet Smarts
Internet Explorer Security Zones
Grade 4
Open House Handout
20% of Teems send/post revealing images of themselves
National Campaign Survey Parent Guidelines
Kid Safe Internet Guide
Grade 5
Open House Handout
20% of Kids Solicited Online
US DOJ Internet Safety Survey
Mac Leopard Parent Controls
Acceptable Use Policy
80% of PCs have Spyware
Plymouth Computer Doctor
Stop Bullying Now!
Monitoring Software Reviews
Web Publishing Policy
48% of PCs have Malware
ZDNet Report
The National Campaign Tips for Teens and Tips for Parents
Parent Control Software
Electronic Device Policy
45% of All E-Mail is Spam
SpamLaws: Spam Stats and Facts
Windows Vista Parent Controls

Resources for Children