Internet Safety


Technology Implementation Plan: Online Development Guide

 
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Internet Safety

     Over the last few years the media has seemed to focus on the potential dangers of the Internet rather than the potential it holds as an educational tool that can enhance classroom learning.  Because of this skewed reporting many parents, administrators, teachers, and community leaders are overly concerned about bringing the Internet into their schools.  It is therefore very important that any educator who uses the technology also have an in-depth understanding of the potential dangers that the Internet poses and what can be done to protect students from these dangers.  Armed with this information, teachers can both protect their students as well as educate the public to the benefits of the technology.

For an in-depth overview of the issues involved in Internet Safety please review the following PowerPoint slide show online:

 

Example

Elementary school students in New Jersey participate in the Global Sun/Temperature Project and are excited about communicating with other classes from around the world through the project's discussion area and through class email. Prior to the project, the teacher reviews with the class the school rules for using email and the Internet. She describes what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate discussion area postings and explains the consequences for not obeying the rules. She also explains that all email correspondence with another school must go through her first; students may not send email directly to another student or class without it first being reviewed by her. The teacher also ensures that any email correspondence that she receives and distributes to the class has had the sender's email address removed (so that students are not tempted to send unsolicited email to the sender).
Questions

Consider these questions as you review your project.

  • Does your school have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) in place?

  • What actions regarding Internet safety will you take with the project you have selected?

Resources

Online Resources

Stevens Developed Content

  • Comments on Potential Internet Dangers

    • Issues are the same, only the medium has changed - The problems of adult content, inappropriate use of school equipment, and vandalism have been issues in K-12 schools for years.  The Internet is just a new medium but the issues are the same.

    • Why does the Internet have inappropriate content? - Answer: The U.S. Constitution.

    • Email is Just Like a Phone - Email is a global communication device just like the phone.  Would you give a phone to every student in your school?

    • Real Contact is The Biggest Danger - Student must never have real contact with those they meet online.

    • Home is Where the Danger Lies - Students often get in trouble on the Internet when they are at home in unsupervised settings.

  • Comments on Protecting Students Online

    • Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) are Vital - Comments on the importance of AUPs.

    • A Parent Technology Night Works Wonders - Consider having such an event if your parents have lots of questions and concerns about using the technology.

Articles on Internet Safety

Child Safe Search Engines
Note: No site is 100% safe and therefore you must also consider using Acceptable Use Policies (AUP).

 

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