October 6, 2017
Social media safety and awareness
am writing to update you about a serious social media
safety concern that several students at the middle-school level brought
to our attention during the school day Thursday, Oct. 5.
Our students referenced a social media event they
referred to as “Exposure Day,”
which could include the posting or sharing of photos or video intended to
shame, embarrass, humiliate, intimidate or otherwise “expose” other
students. On Friday, Oct. 6, the City
School District of Albany discovered one report of an "exposure" posting
We brought in the families of the involved
students and contacted the Albany Police Department, which is
investigating the incident along with members of the district's security
team. In addition our staff -- including our social workers, behavior
specialists and school psychologists -- was and is prepared to identify
any students who appear to be having a difficult time emotionally as a
We urge you to talk with your children at home about the
importance of avoiding inappropriate behavior in any form, including
social media. Shaming or embarrassing another student online or in any
context is considered a form of bullying and harassment under the
Dignity for All Students Act, and a violation of our Student Code of
We also are providing resources from the
National Association of School Psychologists to help you talk with your
children if you believe they may be having a difficult time.
Examples could include sadness, anger, frustration, depression,
anxiety, etc. You also can
download this letter
with additional resources and information included.
Common Sense Media. Social media, social life: How teens view
their digital lives.
Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents
Friend: Tips for Teens to Prevent Suicide
We commend our students for bringing this
information to our attention immediately.
Please talk with your children about the importance of letting
you, a school official or another adult know whenever they encounter a
situation or information that concerns or confuses them. Thank you for
your continued partnership in our efforts to ensure the safety and
security of all of our students.
Yours in education,
Kaweeda G. Adams
Superintendent of Schools