Monday, September 01, 2008
A Teacher's Guide to Internet Safety
When it comes to using the internet in an educational facility or environment, there are often guidelines that were previously created and set in place for you to follow. In the case of a home schoolteacher it can be left up to you personally to create rules and guidelines for your students to follow for Internet safety.
There are some basic tips to give out to your students prior to allowing them to go online. At our school, we created a policy that students sign. Keep this policy in a file or posted on the side of the designated computer. Ensure that students only access the Internet with you or another adult's permission.
Most schools have filters in place, but, if a site with inappropriate content is accessed, please tell an administrator and close the site. Allow your students to access sites that have only appropriate content that is age-appropriate. To be on the safe side, I took the time to create a website that has appropriate links for children on it.
These sites can be saved in the favorites section for easy access to appropriate sites. If a student wants to visit a site you can have a rule that you have to preview it prior to allowing access to it. By setting up rules and guidelines to follow then students can have an enjoyable and successful time while surfing the net.
There are games and videos on Internet safety available to help you teach your students about online predators and cyber bullies. This is also helpful for times when the internet is used at home for assignments. Online safety is key to making the best experience during an online experience for both children and parents. Internet safety is a must in today's daily life and you can create a safe environment when you, the teacher, set rules in place from the beginning.
Posted by writemind at 5:32 PM