Middle School Resources

This is a common place for Nisky parents to share online tools that can be useful and fun for middle school kids.

Research
  • NASA - Images, articles and games.
Internet Safety
  • Wired Safety - An excellent source for understanding and dealing with cyberbullying
  • GetNetWise.org -An excellent site for a good online safety guide, tools for families to use, great websites for kids and how to report trouble if it arise.
  • Internet Keep Safe Coalition -A good parent resource center including videos with clear explanations of social networking sites (e.g. MySpace) and on-line harrassment (cyber-bullying).
  • NetFamilyNews/Connect Safely - A good overall site to learn about safe, civil use of the web designed to give teens and parents a voice in the public discussion about youth online safety
  • NetSmartz - An excellent interactive resource sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
  • NetSmartz -Tracking Teresa: See how easy it is to track you down using information you post on the web.
Images & Clip Art
Music & Sound Clips (Royalty Free)
Send suggestions. Please include a link, brief description and age/grade/skill-range.

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A Message from the Superintendent on 13 Reasons Why

April 28, 2017

Dear Middle and High School Families,

As educators, there is nothing more important to us than ensuring the safety and well-being of students, and the partnership with our families is critical to this effort. We are writing to raise awareness about a Netflix series called “13 Reasons Why,” which has become extremely popular among teenagers. This series portrays some issues that may be difficult for students to process without a supportive adult.

The episodes follow Clay Jensen in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate, Hannah Baker, and her decision to end her life. The series deals with suicide, bullying and rape, often in a graphic manner. It is based on a 2007 novel by the same name.

Many mental health organizations have become concerned that the show sensationalizes suicide, in particular. The National Association of School Psychologists is recommending that young people who are especially vulnerable do not watch the series.

We bring this to your attention to make you aware of these issues. You may wish to discuss with your child whether he or she has seen the series or is aware of it so that you can best support them. Even those who haven't seen it may be impacted by conversations with peers who have.

The first link at the end of this letter will bring you to a set of talking points to help parents in conversations with children about the series. Additional resources are also provided.

Another issue that has been raised about the series is the portrayal of adults inadequately responding to the character’s need for help. This illustrates why it is important to talk with students about this. We want our young people to know that help is always available.

Please encourage students to talk to a trusted adult at home or school if they need support or know someone who does. Teachers, school counselors, social workers, psychologists and principals are here for them.

We also invite parents to contact the school at any time if you or your child need assistance. Thank you for your attention to this information.

Sincerely,

Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Here are some commonly disseminated materials about this topic:

Tips for talking with your child – “13 Reasons why Talking Points from SAVE and the Jed Foundation”
https://www.save.org/13-reasons-why/

Guidance on “13 Reasons Why” from the National Association of School Psychologists
http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators

“13 Reasons Why” Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKfs1nRHAdQ

Suicide Prevention: JED Foundation
https://www.jedfoundation.org/

Get Help Now: Text START to 741-741 or Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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