Internet Safety

This is a huge concern among parents and educators alike in today’s mobile hi-tech society.  Many middle school students have smart phones with internet capabilities making the internet more accessible to students in this age category than it was just a few years ago.

In the classroom, various things can be done to monitor students on networked computers.  Such as positioning classroom computers in such a way that they are visible to monitor students online or using products such as LanSchool.  In today’s world this just is not enough.  Students need to be taught how to use the internet safely at home, school, and on the go.  This involves a partnership between the school and parents to facilitate the students education regarding internet safety and appropriate use.

In doing so students should be taught the following key things.

  • Do not identify yourself online using personal information such as name, address, phone number, etc.  You never know who is on the other end of the keyboard.
  • Do not post photos or comments that your parents or teachers wouldn’t approve of.  Chance are if they aren’t okay with it then you shouldn’t be posting it.
  • Be respectful of others online.
  • Protect yourself.  If you feel uncomfortable with online interactions tell an adult immediately

There are several great resources out there for additional tips for internet safety for middle school aged students online.  As parents and teachers, one of the biggest factors is to be involved.  Know what your child/student is doing online.  It is important for parents to sit  with their children while they work on their homework, social network, or play games online to monitor online use.

Safe Kids –

A nice background on what parents, students, and teachers can do to be safe online.

NetSmartz

A nicely organize list of internet safety recommendations by age.

ISTE Why Teach Internet Safety to Young Children

PBS Webonauts – Teaches kids about internet safety.

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3 thoughts on “Internet Safety

  1. Peter B-G says:

    Joanna,

    I like how you stress the importance of education and teaching students how to safely use the Internet. It is not enough to simply monitor or filter them. We need to show them how the Internet works, impress upon them its permanence, and provide education and guidance to help them become responsible net citizens. Nice post with some helpful resources!

    Peter

  2. Joanna, I didn’t know about LanSchool. The control it offers over what students are doing minute-to-minute on their own devices is something I wouldn’t want to be without. I’m wondering why every school doesn’t use this, since you can see what students are doing on their phones under the table or when they think you aren’t looking. I want that software now!

    • I am not sure about if you can see what they are doing on their phones using this program. They would need to be connected to the school district network and cell phones operate on the provider network. But if students had a mobile learning device such as an IPod, IPad, or other tablet device and connected to the network then that capability is possible.

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