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Superintendent's Message

Student Safety is our Priority

Cyber Safety Alert!

May, 2016

The safety of students in the Paramount Unified School District is a priority for ALL in the educational system, especially our Board of Education. While measures are put in place each year, it is becoming increasingly challenging to protect our students given the technology and exposure that it provides, especially those students who own iPhones and iPads. Currently, there is an “app” out there known as Ogle that many adults, especially teenagers, are placing on their mobile devices. Essentially, Ogle is an app that allows anyone to “anonymously” post anything that they want about any school they choose and any individual they choose. Schools across the nation are reporting inappropriate posts on Ogle that vary between cyber bullying of other students, nudity and drug use photos being published and shaming of classmates, administrators and staff. There are other apps out there like this; however, Ogle seems to be the most popular right now.

We are asking for parents to help us keep our students safe. We need you to take steps to ensure that students do not have the Ogle app on their phone, and that they do not access it. We are also asking parents to have discussions with their students about using the internet and social media websites appropriately.

Ogle is an anonymous app that automatically searches your location for nearby schools when downloaded. It views and interacts with school feeds, engages on any campuses content, shares or ask anything anonymously, and customizes posts with stickers.

The danger is that students can anonymously post photos, videos, thoughts or questions to any school’s feed. They can also anonymously comment on posts placed by other students. They can anonymously group chat and send pictures or messages and even vote on posts to signify their approval or disapproval.

Since there is little formal registration on Ogle, bullies and predators can easily masquerade as students. Students are shown a list of schools in the area. On Ogle anyone can anonymously access your teen’s school feed.

This app is not limited to teens. While the terms and conditions state you must be 17+ years or older to use Ogle, anyone can anonymously access your teen’s school feed. The majority of the content is not appropriate for young students. Bullying and cheating are common on this app. Users will post their classmate’s picture or first and last name, in order to bully them. Users cheat by asking for test or homework answers.

The Paramount Unified School District is encouraging parents, guardians and family members to delete Ogle from their children’s mobile devices. Ogle should not have a place in the lives of our students. We highly recommend that parents immediately check their children’s cell phones for Ogle and also discuss the dangers of their online social media activity.

Students are saying, “The Ogle app is offensive and contributes to a culture that lacks compassion or kindness.” “This app has made life in my school (for everyone) a living nightmare.” “I can’t believe how cruel the Ogle app is. The developers allow high school students to bully and destroy other students lives and reputations anonymously with no repercussions.” Please help us keep our students safe.

Thank you,

Dr. Ruth Pérez

Preparing our Students for High School and Post-Graduate Success
A Vision for the Future of the Paramount Unified School District

April, 2016

Since January when I became Superintendent for the Paramount Unified School District, I embarked upon a mission to meet with as many community members possible, students, parents, teachers, staff, associations and community groups in order to build relationships and learn what makes the Paramount community and schools so committed and caring about its’ children. I am now planning to hold a special meeting to hear what you have to say about the education our students are receiving in Paramount. I would like to know every one of our partner’s thinking on how we can best serve our students by garnering feedback on the strengths and areas for improvement in the District.  Most importantly, I wish to gain your insight on how we can offer a world-class education with excellence and equity to empower each student to reach his or her highest potential.

The contribution of your valuable time to this meeting will help determine outcomes for a five-year Strategic Plan that will encapsulate a vision for the future of the District.  I am asking that you join me at a community meeting I will be holding. The purpose of the meeting is to receive your feedback on how we can excel by building on our current successes and creating new paths that will provide our students with every opportunity to obtain a solid academic foundation for the future.

Thank you,

Dr. Ruth Pérez



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