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Internet safety in California: five requirements school districts should know

Generation Z: they’ve been tweeting, posting and blogging since their fingertips got hold of their first laptop or tablet. They know their way around a smartphone like they were born with it as part of their hand. Technology is well and truly weaved into the fabric of their lives. But as tech becomes an increasingly natural part of their lives, and with 52% of students admitting to being victims of cyberbullying, the risks of the online world grows.

Did you know that in 2006 the state of California enacted legislation with specific reference to technology in the classroom? However, according to a September 2015 study by the US Department of Health and Human Services Cyberbullying Research Center, California is the number 1 state for the highest level of reported bullying incidents. With increasing pressure, worrying statistics and a legal duty of care to educate both students and teachers on the appropriate and ethical use of education technology, how clued-up are you on what school districts in California are legally required to implement?

 

top five California internet safety requirements

We’ve pulled some key points from California’s legislation that we think should be on your radar:

  1. Superintendents are required to implement a set of guidelines and criteria for the inclusion of education technology, with a focus on the ethical use of information technology in the classroom and internet safety.
  1. Before any federal funding can be secured, all school districts should implement a current three to five year education technology plan.
  1. School districts should have access to technical assistance and an approved online safety plan, which complies with state and federal requirements.
  1. A Californian bill gives school administrators the authority to discipline students who bully others both offline and online.
  1. The California Department of Education (CDE) provides an internet safety letter template designed for schools to send to parents explaining the risks presented by the digital world, including cyberbullying and online predators, and the approach to tackle this: blocking.

 

how monitoring can help

While Californian legislation requires school districts to have a long-term education technology plan in place – and many districts have adopted their own guidelines and standards for internet safety in schools – have you considered a new approach to keeping students safe in the online world?

Monitoring online activity allows students to learn how to navigate the digital world safely. Additionally, it allows instructors and administrators to address issues with cyberbullying as incidents occur. And with good real-time remote monitoring and management software in place, you can manage online behaviour on-the-fly – just like any other behavioural management issue.

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