St. Vincent de Paul

  Catholic School



 



May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, how rich is the glory of the heritage he offers among his holy people.

Ephesians 1:18  

Symbaloo


 

I have created a Symbaloo page with all the links used during the school year in one convenient place. 

You may access the school's Symbaloo page by clicking on this link:

 

I have tried to monitor these sites for child safety, but I cannot guarantee there won't be any advertisements for other sites with links. 

I recommend that you place the computer your child will be using in a central location where the family can monitor your child's activities.

 

Many Blessings to you!

 

Mrs. Bell

Click here for a list of websites appropriate for kids.


Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the 2016-17 school year!  With the addition of our 7th  and 8th grades, we are all bustling and excited here at St. Vincent School. 

I am planning to make some great changes this year in the Technology Department.  We have just received 25 Chrome Books which will serve as a second lab for our classrooms.  We have also purchased 10 mini IPad's for the younger grades.  St. Vincent's has always been a leader in technology integration for the classrooms.

This summer we purchased a 3D printer to add to our wonderful selection of makerspace materials.  You should stop in to the school sometime to see our latest print.  I have also started a makerspace and sewing club to give kids greater opportunities to create and learn.

Over the next few weeks I will be covering internet safety in each of my computer classes.  While technology is a great tool for us to use, it also comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility when it comes to keeping our children safe.  I encourage you to read the rest of my article here and to expand your learning through the links I will include.    This is very important! If your children have smart phones or tablets, I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping track of what they are doing.  These links will help you. God Bless You!  and may your student and family have a great year here at St. Vincent de Paul School!

 “Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology.  Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.  Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.” (stopbullying.gov)

In addition to Cyberbullying, we will also discuss what a stranger is and what kinds of things we should not tell a stranger.  We will also discuss what kinds of things are okay to tell a stranger.  They will learn that telling a stranger our favorite color or our favorite ice cream flavor are safe things to tell a stranger, but things like our address, real name, phone number, or even the school we go are things you do not tell a stranger.

Last year, I asked for a show of hands of students that had access to laptops or tablets.  Many said they were restricted in being able to use them, but more than a few described being able to have laptops and or tablets in their bedrooms alone.  Some of these students were as young as First Grade!  I explained that in my house (when my kids were young), the computer was used in a central location where I could monitor what my kids were doing while on the computer.   

As your child’s computer teacher, I feel compelled to share information that will keep them safe and encourage healthy behavior while on the internet.  


The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has included instructions for the Church and Internet.  The instructions include those for parents and for children as follows:

“To parents: For the sake of their children, as well as for their own

sakes, parents must “learn and practice the skills of discerning viewers and

 listeners and readers, acting as models of prudent use of media in the home”

.[49] As far as the Internet is concerned, children and young people often

are more familiar with it than their parents are, but parents still are

seriously obliged to guide and supervise their children in its use.[50] If this

means learning more about the Internet than they have up to now, that will

be all to good.

Parental supervision should include making sure that filtering technology

is used in computers available to children when that is financially and

technically feasible, in order to protect them as much as possible from

 pornography, sexual predators, and other threats.  Unsupervised

 exposure to the Internet should not be allowed.  Parents and

 children should dialogue together about what is seen and experienced in

 cyberspace; sharing with other families who have the same values and

 concerns will also be helpful.  The fundamental parental duty here is to

 help children become discriminating, responsible Internet users and not

 addicts of the Internet, neglecting contact with their peers and with nature

 itself.”


“To children and young people:  The Internet is a door opening

 on a glamorous and exciting world with a powerful formative influence;

 but not everything on the other side of the door is safe and wholesome and

 true. “Children and young people should be open to formation regarding

 media, resisting the easy path of uncritical passivity, peer pressure, and

 commercial exploitation”.[51] The young owe it to themselves—and to their

 parents and families and friends, their pastors and teachers, and ultimately

 to God—to use the Internet well.

The Internet places in the grasp of young people at an unusually early age

 an immense capacity for doing good and doing harm, to themselves and

 others. It can enrich their lives beyond the dreams of earlier generations

 and empower them to enrich others' lives in turn.  It also can plunge them

 into consumerism, pornographic and violent fantasy, and pathological

isolation.

Young people, as has often been said, are the future of society and the

 Church.  Good use of the Internet can help prepare them for their

 responsibilities in both.  But this will not happen automatically.  The

 Internet is not merely a medium of entertainment and consumer

 gratification.  It is a tool for accomplishing useful work, and the young

 must learn to see it and use it as such.  In cyberspace, at least as much as

 anywhere else, they may be called on to go against the tide, practice

 counter-culturalism, even suffer persecution for the sake of what is true

 and good.” (Vatican City)


I pray that you will find this helpful in providing your children with a safe

 and Christ-like experience on the internet.


In Christ,


Pamela M. Bell


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Keeping your computer, computing!