Online Safety Information and Helpful Resources for Students and Parents

 

APS Parents and Guardians,

With our recent transition to fully remote learning for most APS students, we wanted to take a moment to remind you about our Remote Learning Code of Conduct expectations and encourage you to regularly monitor your child’s online activity. 

We have recently learned about a free online chat website called Omegle. It allows users to socialize with others without the need to register. The service randomly pairs users in one-on-one chat sessions where they chat anonymously using the names "You" and "Stranger" or "Stranger 1" and "Stranger 2" in the case of Spy mode. Omegle is not an app or site that children should use, because of the high risks it poses to student safety, privacy and well-being. Sexual predators can take advantage of anonymity and engage in conversations with minors.

As a security measure, the APS IT Department has blocked Omegle on all APS district Chromebooks. However, there are new sites similar to Omegle that are created regularly. ​​​​​​​Please talk with your children about appropriate online activity. Common Sense Media has many helpful resources about how to talk with your children about topics including privacy, online safety and social media. Please encourage your child to never reveal personal information or meet with strangers from any applications.

In addition, we encourage parents to use parental controls to monitor online activity by taking advantage of our partnership with Family Zone. Family Zone will walk you through setting up an account and help you install their app to be able to monitor your child’s activity on a device. 

If you think your child needs to talk with a school counselor, please contact your school’s front office. In addition, if you are looking for additional information or resources, please contact your school’s social worker, psychologist or counselor. Below are helpful links and contact information.

  • Chatting With Your Children About Being Online
  • The hotline and walk-in-centers at Colorado Crisis Services (1-888-493-8255) are open 24 hours a day.
  • Please remind students that they can report any safety concerns anonymously through Safe2Tell at 1-877-542-7233. 

Thank you,

APS Mental Health & Counseling Department