All Kinds of News for June 06, 2018
For the last seven years, the Chamberlain International School has been hosting the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office to discuss internet safety with the staff and students. Presenting this year was Assistant District Attorney Amanda Fowle, Director of the Human Trafficking Unit.
ADA Fowle began by letting the students know that she wasn’t there to confiscate their devices. “I won’t tell you not to use electronic devices but how to safely use them.” Over 85% of the students who attend Chamberlain have some sort of electronic device such as a laptop, tablet, phone etc. Students are not allowed to carry their personal cell phones until they reach the Independence Stage, the highest of the five stages in the tiered Behavioral Management System. They also have to sign a contract for appropriate usage which they review with the schools administration.
“A lot of people put all of their business on social media for everyone to see without thinking of the long term consequences of what they are leaving as a digital footprint.” ADA Fowle went on to explain the importance of being careful as to what one posts as each post can reveal more personal information than intended. “Something as innocent as posting a selfie while you are on vacation like ‘Loving the Island Vibes’, now everyone knows you are on vacation and your house is empty. Even scarier are the Sexual Assault cases based on relationships and information found on the internet. This number has been rising at an alarming rate. 'Ugh! I hate the walk home from the skate park!' is broadcasting to the world your location and makes you an easy target for an online predator.
ADA Fowle urged students to limit the information they are sharing when playing online games as well, regardless of how familiar they are with their opponents online, or how often they “game” together. “The reality is you don’t know who is on the other side of the computer screen looking at you or your information.”
About Chamberlain International School
Located in Middleboro, Massachusetts, Chamberlain International School offers a therapeutic residential learning experience for students ranging in age from 11 to 22. Students at Chamberlain International School struggle with a variety of learning disabilities and mental health challenges.