Next week, April 3-7, Scott County Schools will be closed for spring break.
During breaks in normal schedules, young people may have more free time and may spend more time online playing games and using social media. In partnership with Georgetown Police Department, we urge parents to be vigilant in monitoring phones and other electronic devices to keep children of all ages safe from cyber crime. One app in particular is making its way through our community and exposing young people to increased risk.
The app, called "Kik," allows the user to create an anonymous account without age verification. It has its own built-in web browser, games, and videos. Reportedly, the content is often inappropriate. This app is used to send messages with a wi-fi connection even if there is no phone number or cellular connectivity on the device. ANYONE can send your child a message using this app and the messages themselves are hidden within the app keeping them from parental view.
We appreciate the efforts of Georgetown Police Department to keep our children and community safe and hope that sharing this information will be helpful to parents. We hope students, staff, and families have a safe and relaxing week.