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.


Aunt Lee said...

For a fun way to teach internet and social networking safety, here’s a unit that includes an instructional video and a quiz. It’s aimed at middle school and up.

The video is a selection of silly clips supposedly posted to the MySpace pages of the famous puppy and some of her friends. The clips demonstrate mistakes kids can make – the clips and the quiz serve as a jumpstart to further discussions.

Kids can take the interactive Flash version online, or you can download a .pdf document and print it as a handout. The 10 question quiz covers the topics of cyber-bullying, privacy, safety, dangers of spyware and malware, etc.

The quiz doesn’t really focus on stranger-danger type concerns but rather gently and humorously reminds the reader that it’s possible to hurt people’s feelings, to mislead people who don’t realize you’re joking, to remember that online postings can be seen by anybody and that postings are often impossible to remove once posted.

writemind said...

Thank you, aunt lee, I will use the information for my sixth-graders.