Superintendent's Memo #018-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

January 30, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Parental and Community Outreach Materials for Internet Safety

The most recent report to the General Assembly regarding the implementation of House Bill 58 indicates that many school divisions are struggling with Internet safety outreach to parents and communities. The Department has identified some resources that might be appropriate in addressing this need.

Common Sense Media, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, has recently developed a parent media education program: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators. This free program includes information on everything from cyberbullying to cell phones and gives schools resources to help parents (e.g., an implementation plan, reproducible tip sheets, PowerPoint presentations). Your school will need to register to access the materials online, but the registration is free.

Another resource is the “Enough is Enough” program. More information about this program is available at http://enough.org.

There are many other good resources available to schools. For the most current links to these resources, please check the Department’s “Related Resources for Internet Safety in Schools” under “Sites for Parents”: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/safety_crisis_management/internet_safety/index.shtml.

If you have questions, please contact Jean Weller, educational technology specialist, via e-mail jean.weller@doe.virginia.gov or telephone 804-225-2825.

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