• Voorhees Middle School is concerned about the safety of its students in and out of the classroom. This concern extends to what students are doing online. Parents should actively monitor their childrens use of the Internet. To help parents keep children safe on the Internet, we offer the following safety tips that have been compiled from sources such as the Polly Klaas Foundation and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
    • Remember that personal computers and online services should not be used as electronic babysitters.
    • Never allow children to give out identifying information such as home address, school name, or telephone number.
    • Never allow your child to arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone via the Internet.
    • Remember that people online may not be who they say they are.
    • Remember everything you read may not be true.
    • Be sure you know who is receiving the IMs (Instant Messages) you send. Even if you do know the recipients, anything you type can be forwarded to other people. There is no way to take back something once you send it.
    Parents should know the following abbreviations used in Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms:
    • BRB: Be right back
    • DQMOT: Dont quote me on this
    • KWIM: Know what I mean?
    • LMIRL: Let's meet in real life
    • A/S/L?: Age/Sex/Location?
    • P911: My parents are coming
    • POAHF: Put on a happy face
    • SOTMG: Short of time, must go
    • TAFN: Thats all for now
    • WTGP: Want to go private?
     
    Last Revised 8/30/2010