Seaman High School's community conversation focuses on online behavior
Since last September, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office has heard complaints about inappropriate online behavior, but were unable to prove the allegations. Those accusations resurfaced in January and on Tuesday, USD 345 started on their part to educate parents about their children and the online world they live in.
"Right now, often times we put kids on technology and it’s as if we put them out to recess and nobody’s on playground duty,” Ginger Lewman, digital learning tools expert, said. “We need to be there with them."
Whether it is online bullying and or nude photos demanded on Snapchat, parents are hoping to learn how to deal with these types of incidents. And it's a topic they're almost completely unfamiliar with.
"As a parent you're always trying to protect and there are a lot of things we just don’t have that ability to do,” Christina Chavez, a parent of a Seaman student, said “There are certain things we cannot prevent and protect our kids from and this is one of them."
"I’m just worried about our youth,” Donna Cummings, a parent of a Seaman student, said. “I just don’t understand what’s going on in their mind, maybe I’m just completely naïve. I didn’t grow up with any of this stuff."
Seaman Superintendent Dr. Steve Noble said the partnership between parents and faculty is vital to battle or to even begin to deal with the issues. Parents and teachers will help from their student teens to catch up to the realities of what's going on.
"Our parents are our first and most important teachers of our kids,” Noble said. “Our partnership with them is critical. As we come together over this issue, we think that this information and this ongoing dialogue should continue."
A group of Seaman students offered presentations on ways to help stop cyber bullying.
"Adults don’t really know everything about what happens online, so it’s really important for them to get connected with their kids, because their kids might not be telling them something because they're embarrassed about it,” Joseph Cromy, a junior at Seaman High School, said. “Or they just don’t think their parents can actually help. If anything truly affects you and is hurting you than it is always good to get your parents involved because they are there to help you."
Dr. Noble denied to comment on any ongoing investigations.