From The Principal
Dear Wonderland Families,
We live in an era that none of us could have imagined 30 years ago. Many of us grew up at a time when the most technologically advanced games were Operation and Lite-Brite. In contrast, our children live in a world that allows them to communicate instantly with thousands of people at the same time. Facebook, Twitter, and texting are the current favorites for this new generation. In many instances we, as parents, know less about 21st century communication than our children and are completely unprepared to deal with the ramifications that modern technology holds for them. Nevertheless, we hold the responsibility to navigate our children safely through unchartered and very turbulent waters.
There was a time when a child could try out a swear word on the back corner of the playground. The word would be released into the air, and for a solitary moment in time that child would feel the weight of an adult word and almost feel grown up. Back then, however, you could leave the word in that dark corner of the playground knowing that it would float away into the air and be gone forever.
Today’s children are no different; they have to travel the same paths to adulthood that we did. The difference is that they are trying out these adult-sized words and phrases as they learn to type their first LOL on a computer screen. This situation is grave and needs our attention.
Here at Wonderland, I spend an inordinate amount of time helping families clean up the mess that cyberspace often causes in their children’s lives. I have come to a strong belief that elementary school is not the time for widespread use of cyberspace communication.
I urge you to take time with your significant others to examine what your beliefs are concerning the use of technology by young children and create a strong family plan to follow as your children grow and mature.
I recommend that you do not allow your children to have a Facebook page until they are at least 13 years old, as that is the age set by Facebook to sign up for an account. If you do allow your children access to Facebook, I urge you to take as many precautions as needed to ensure they don’t encounter age-inappropriate material. Further, it is unethical for teachers to “friend” students, and I ask that you do not allow your children to solicit or accept such relationships.
It is my belief that no child at Wonderland should have a Facebook page. I thank you in advance for taking the time to consider if this is the same decision for you and your family.
Donald Wilson, Principal