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Culture of Safety

We Are a School With a Culture of Safety

As part of our comprehensive safety plan at Lake Oswego Middle School, we work as a community to support our students and their safety.

Through our Classroom Guidance Program we work with our students on how to work with us to keep them safe, and to feel safe to share their concerns.

Another program we have is, LOMS Technology Pledge.
All students will read and sign a "Technology Pledge" each year. Attached is a copy of the pledge our students sign.

Technology Pledge

Important Information:

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, with the intention of harming others. The technology used includes e-mail, message boards, blogs, instant messaging, cell phone, text messaging, defamatory personal Web sites and/or online personal polling Web sites.   Frequently, media such as sounds, text, video, altered graphics, and photos are incorporated into the piece to add to the attacks.

Children seem to view the real world and the virtual or online world as co-existent extensions. Conversations with friends may begin at school and continue on a child’s computer after dinner. Unfortunately, this is also true of bullying behaviors. What begins as a flame war in Instant Messaging could carry over to school the next day and include many of the same group members who participated in the electronic conversation the night before. Cyberbullies are not bound by time or space, and the audience can be much, much bigger, even worldwide.

What You Can Do if Your Child is Cyberbullied?

  • Stay calm. Maintain open communication with your child. If he/she is being bullied, explain that cyber-retaliation doesn’t solve the problem and could make the situation worse.
  • Show trust and support for him/her.
  • Work with trusted adults at school such as a principal, teacher, or school counselor.
  • Call the Police whenever you need help.
  • Help your child keep all cyber records as evidence for future use
  • Inform the perpetrator’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) or cell phone service provider of the abuse.
    • chat transcripts
    • photos
    • website pages
    • emails (including full headers)
  • Consider communicating with the perpetrators and their parents.
    • Work together so that they understand what their children are doing is cyberbullying.
    • You will report to the authorities if it continues.
  • Some kids may not recognize what they are doing is bullying and may believe that it is innocent play. Using the word “bullying” serves as a wakeup call.

Develop Safe Internet Habits

  • Build a relationship with your children that fosters communication and trust
  • Don’t freak out when they tell you what they have seen or heard
  • Share the online experience
  • Ask as if you don’t know
  • Communicate trust and emphasize “defensive driving”
  • Supervise when your child is online
  • Put computer in easily viewable location and monitor
  • Set up a Limited User Account 
  • Provide structure and rules about being online:
    • Only after homework is complete
    • On the average, for no more than 1 hour per day
  • MAKE THE RULE BE---All web sites must be parent approved before visiting.

Report any suspicious activity to authorities