Niles North Principal Jim Edwards sent this letter to Niles North families in response to a report on NBC-5.
(sent August 29, 2017)
We would like to inform our Niles North High School school community about a recent NBC Channel 5 report about online safety. In May, NBC 5 Investigates reported that users on an anonymous image board were soliciting or trading nude photographs of what appear to be former high school students. Threads listing at least 67 high schools in Illinois were identified. The news station is now reporting that additional schools have been been added to the list, including Niles North.
The NBC investigator contacted Niles North explaining that they have a link to a former student and could share it. At that point, the school immediately asked NBC 5 to send it directly to the Skokie Police Department. The police informed the school that one Niles North graduate was pictured on the site. They said they do not believe the picture was taken during the student’s high school years. The victim is working with police.
At Niles North, our teachers and staff members work hard to educate our students about safe use of social media. In fact, on September 12th, students from all grade levels will attend a workshop on internet safety which was actually scheduled before this investigative report surfaced.
This report provides us with yet another opportunity to remind our students to be careful about what they share on social media, and to warn that sharing intimate photos electronically is not safe. We also encourage parents to take an active role in talking with their children about using social media responsibly.