BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The new school year has barely begun, and already there appear to have been some problems in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District regarding students and the usage of social media.
 
Superintendent Russell Lazovick said as much during his report at the Sept. 24 meeting of the Bridgewater-Raritan board of education. He pointed out that there have been three separate incidents with students involving social media so far this 2019-2020 academic year.
 
“We have to help our students do better,” said Lazovick, who did not go into details about the incidents, and who added that he had been in touch with parents and staff. 
 
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He also added that, unfortunately, social media channels (such as Facebook and Twitter) are available to students on a 24/7 basis, and that students have to be educated on the impacts and dangers modern technology pose.
 
Lazovick also brought up the “Wait Until Eighth” initiative, or pledge, that empowers parents to say "yes" to their children about waiting until eighth grade to use a smartphone. He added it is about leveraging technology, and making it safer. 
 
Lazovick added that the issue connects to the notion of academic integrity that the Bridgewater-Raritan school board has been working to promote, and that he included all of that in a communication he sent to district staff and families.