Superintendent's Blog

Superintendent’s Blog: Your Photo Fate

Posted 10/12/2016

We are having an increased problem in the Cabot School District with students sending and posting inappropriate pictures and images of themselves. This is not only a Cabot issue, it’s everywhere. It’s a problem in every school, every city, and in every state.

Do you really know what your children are doing online? When was the last time you looked through your child’s phone? If someone sent them a message asking for an inappropriate picture, would they push send? You may be surprised. Please take time to watch this important video, Your Photo Fate,” with your child.

In the video, you see a girl deciding on her “photo fate.” However, this is not just a girl problem. We’re seeing even more issues with boys sending and posting inappropriate pictures online. Kids are even being set up. They think they’re sending pictures to a supposed trusted friend, when in fact, that person is not a friend at all. 

Teens also need to realize both the sender and receiver could face serious consequences. Those private photos could and probably will resurface online. If they do, they never go away. They may even land the teens on a sex offender list. Being labeled a sex offender never goes away either. Parents need to make sure their teens truly understand that.

Please talk with them about what’s appropriate and not appropriate to post online, including illegal or inappropriate behavior, offensive language, threats of violence, underage drinking, drug use and hate speech.

Posting these things could damage their reputation at school, in the workplace or among their friends. They may be punished at school if what they post breaks school rules, be charged with a crime if they’re breaking a law or even hurt their chances of getting into college, getting a scholarship, or getting a job in the future.

Are you familiar with KiK, YikYak, Ask.fm, HiCalculator or Snapchat?  If you’re a parent and you don’t know, you may want to read up on some of these popular new social media apps kids are using. Technology is constantly changing. There are even apps that allow users to hide photos, videos, and messages.

Are you familiar with Finstagram or Finsta? It’s not an app; it’s a fake Instagram account. Kids can use it to trick their parents. They have them follow them on Instagram, but in reality they have a second “true” account where they post silly pictures and videos with a smaller circle of friends.

Remind your child even if they have a secret account under a fake name, everything is public. Any photo or video is out of their control the moment they post it. So called friends can still take screenshots of the pictures and post online for all to see.

While you don’t need to know all the ins and outs about apps and social media, knowing the basics including, what they are, why they’re popular, and what problems they could cause if not used responsibly, is extremely important.  


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Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746