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This page includes a variety of internet safety tips and tools that are for informational purposes. We’ve gathered this information from different areas online and in printed form. Please use this information as a STARTING POINT for your household, knowing that things change over time with changes in technology and society. However, one thing that will forever stay constant is our love for our children. For more information, please contact the academy here.
Seminar Survey Results
On March 22, 2017, nearly 75 SSA parents gathered to discuss internet safety. They took an anonymous survey regarding internet use in their home. One survey was for young students, and one was for older students. You can see the survey results here:
Check out this inspirational video about spending LESS time with our phones and more time with our loved ones…
Testimony from an SSA dad, written March 4, 2017:
My family has been registered at Santa Sophia Parish since the early 2000s. We’ve been parents at SSA since 2015.
Like other couples, my wife and I are active Catholics. We attend Mass every weekend, even on vacation! We are involved in a number of ministries at the parish level and within the diocese. We enjoy being a part of the Catholic community, and it’s nice to have good friends at school, at church, and around the county.
We feel like we do a decent job of being parents. We make an effort to spend quality time with our kids, and we do try to keep them involved in extracurricular activities, sports, etc.
Our family is by no means perfect, but we never thought our pre-teen would get into trouble online, and in her own bedroom. Until it was brought to our attention*, we had no idea she was cutting her wrist. We had no idea she was interested in romantic relationships. We had no idea she was using foul language online.
We started to monitor her online activity. We created rules. We started counseling (though admittedly that has not gone well). We limited access to the internet; her ipad only working between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. We talked about what to do and what not to do online. We’ve discussed the dangers that are out there. We thought we had a solid, mutual understanding.
Two months later, we had no idea she would start chatting with complete strangers in web apps that are designed specifically to chat with complete strangers! As a result, starting today, she has no internet access, and we know this is not the best long-term solution.
My wife and I have shared our struggles within our own prayer groups. And we’re sharing this with you so that 1) you may be able to prevent similar situations in your own home, and 2) you will know you are not alone.
We are thankful for the SSA community and their willingness to help.
*We would still be in the dark had it not been for a caring SSA student who became aware of our daughter’s wrist cutting. That student told a parent. That parent told the teacher. That teacher and the principal contacted my wife immediately. We thank them all for doing the right thing.