The lazy, hazy days of summer are drawing to a close—much to the dread of kids everywhere.
Once student schedules come out, stuff gets real.
The first thing kids want to know is who will be sharing a classroom with them.
Back in my day (she croaked, rubbing ointment into her aching old-lady back), that was done with a series of 12 or more long, dramatic telephone calls that involved stretching the mustard-yellow telephone cord from the kitchen all the way around the corner to the avocado green dining room so that your parents couldn’t hear EVERY word that was said.
Crude by today’s standards, but effective.
Now technology makes it possible for our kids to share this information with the entire world in about two clicks. Much more efficient!
But the whole world doesn’t need to know your kid’s personal details. You never know if it might come back to bite them.
Your child’s schedule can show details like their full name, birthdate, student ID number, school (including mailing address and phone numbers, and sometimes staff contact information). One photo I spotted even showed this knucklehead’s locker number, and for bonus points, his combination.
So if your child is going to share his or her schedule (and he or she probably is), make sure your kid is smart about it.
- If you get the schedule online, they can copy & paste the pertinent information (period, class, teacher) into an email or text.
- If you get a paper printout, they can snap a photo, but be careful by blurring or blocking out any identifying information. There are a zillion photo apps that do this (I like Skitch), and your child probably has at least six of them on her phone right now.
- Share the photo in a less-public way, via email or text. But be mindful of the fact that one of their friends can share it publicly with a click.
- I believe that all kids under 18 should have private Twitter & Instagram accounts if they have them at all. That’s not to say that these networks are evil, but it does give you and your child control over who can see their posts.
- For the love of Mike, don’t make your easy to search publicly by hashtagging it! #schedule
Thank goodness the days of harvest gold corded telephones are gone, but make sure your kids’ personal data stays as private as would have if your house was still decked out in avocado green.
Image credit: flickr user alamosbasement