Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Ron Dahlhofer

 It is hard to believe that December is around the corner. Our fall sports seasons have wrapped up and we are now starting basketball and wrestling. Our drama club production, High School Musical Jr., is ready to hit the stage. It is important for parents to stay on top of their student’s academics. Please be sure to check Infinite Campus on a regular basis to review your student’s progress with assignments and tests. Also, please check out the “Homework Corner” on the Middle School website for a list of current homework assignments which are updated daily by our teachers.

As we enter the winter season, I wanted to take this time to remind parents to monitor their child’s use of technology. According to a recent study, 68% of all teens between the ages of 12-17 have downloaded apps to their personal cell phones. Apps have become the new way for teens to engage in at-risk behavior (sexting, bullying, etc.). One of the more popular apps is Snapchat. Snapchat allows users to send images and videos to their friends. Senders can place a time limit on how long the receiver can view the image or video. The contents of the “snap” are erased from 1-10 seconds based upon the time limit set by the users. Students like Snapchat because of the simplicity and speed. It sends photos and videos much faster than standard text messages. Teens send images to other students under the impression that the image will be erased. However, there are countless ways for the receiver of the image to save it. Forensic experts have stated the snaps can easily be recovered, thus, are never truly deleted from the receiver's phone. The key for parents is to monitor ALL activity on your child’s phone. Google any apps to learn if they are dangerous or inappropriate. Gather all of your child’s passwords and usernames for monitoring purposes. Be vigilant and go through your student’s phone and other technology devices. Check their texts, emails, and photos. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Ron Dahlhofer

Principal

West Geauga Middle School

440-729-5945

Ron.Dahlhofer@westg.org

Twitter:  @WestGMiddle

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