October 11, 2017

    October is a month when New Jersey Schools continue to promote positive school climate through enhancing strong character traits, respect, and healthy behaviors when dealing with drugs and violence.  

    Many students are susceptible to cyber-bullying.  It is easy to simply demean someone behind technological walls instead of dealing with them face-to-face.  There are 1.8 billion teens using technology across the globe.  There have been many horrific repercussions due to cyberbullying.  

    There is no magic cure to make this go away.  However, a high school student, who was distraught with all the negative implications of cyberbullying, developed, ReThink, a free app, using “context-sensitive filtering technology to prompt social media users to reconsider before sending hurtful posts.  We will provide our 4th – 8th grade students with instruction regarding the ReThink app in addition to our October awareness activities.  

    Research shows that most children act on impulse due to the fact that the prefrontal cortex of the brain is not fully developed until they reach 25 years of age.  It is also reported that when using the ReThink app, 93.4% of students change their mind before sending insensitive text messages.

    ReThink is just one of many tools that you can use to assist your family in navigating the complex world of social media and technology.

    Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Quaglia, HIB Specialist. cquaglia@lakehurstschool.org.