Dr. Avossa’s Message to the Community Regarding H.L. Watkins Middle Teacher

Dr. Avossa delivering a message to the community regarding a teacher at H.L. Watkins Middle School

On Wednesday, Superintendent Robert Avossa shared a message to the community regarding Corey Perry, a teacher at Howell L. Watkins Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens.

The F.B.I. has issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Perry, for Production of Child Pornography, Receipt of Child Pornography, and Enticement.

The video of Dr. Avossa’s message is below, along with online resources for parents and educators offering tips and guides on Internet safety and security.


Resources for Parents and Educators

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and parents understand and navigate media and technology, offers age-based tips and guides for parents. Tips and common questions for teenagers, including information on ensuring teenagers’ online safety and protecting teenagers’ privacy online, can be found at: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety/age/teens

Netsmartz.org, an Internet safety resource site operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, provides information for parents on topics including Internet safety, social media and what to do when children share too much about themselves online. Visit http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents for more information.

The Federal Trade Commission has a comprehensive listing of online safety tips and advice for parents on talking with their children about cell phone use, social media, privacy laws and regulations designed to protect students. That information is available at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/protecting-kids-online. The FTC’s On Guard Online page also has resources for educators, with information for elementary, middle and high school students. Teachers can viisit https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0003-educators, while parents can visit https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0002-parents for videos, tipsheets and other tools.

ConnectSafely.org is a Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Their site, www.connectsafely.org, offers resources and guides for parents and educators about social media platforms including Snapchat and Instagram; cybersecurity, cell phone use and student data security.