top internet safety tips for North Carolina
30th October 2015
Whether you’re using your smartphone, laptop, desktop or tablet to view this blog post, you’re already fully aware of how tightly technology is threaded into our lives. We panic when we can’t locate our smartphones, we check our emails and social media accounts on-the-go (multiple times a day), and even do our shopping online. It’s no surprise that as technology evolves in our personal lives, it naturally evolves in the education world.
While most school districts in North Carolina employ acceptable use policies and provide access to a host of national resources, we’ve put together these top tips for internet safety as a quick access guide to help teachers, superintendents and IT administrators with their approach to internet safety.
top tips for internet safety
- Monitoring alongside blocking – monitoring your students’ activity online, as opposed to simply blocking access, affords your students access to resources while still keeping them safe in the online world. How can young people learn to navigate the web safely if they’re not afforded the opportunity? It’s important that young people are able to learn how to assess risk for themselves, so that they can grow to become good digital citizens.
- Incorporating internet safety into lessons – why not teach your students about the importance of internet safety in lessons? Remote monitoring software can be used to block or allow access to specific websites and resources, so you can allow your students to use social media sites, for example, in a controlled environment to educate them how to keep their personal information private.
- Ensure solid acceptable use policies are in place – devise acceptable use policies for using technology in the digital learning environment and tailor these for all year groups. Make sure you have input from your students and ensure the policies are a collaborative effort. You can display this across your school’s website, intranet and digital signage – you could even hold a poster competition across your school to generate interest and to serve as a reminder.
how monitoring can help with blocking
Blocking can prevent students from accessing useful resources and information and hinder their opportunity to assess risk for themselves. While there’s no denying that blocks and filters are still important, blocking alone is not the answer to internet safety in schools. Remote monitoring and management software enables schools to monitor online activity in real-time, so incidents can be dealt with as and when they occur. Comprehensive logs of all activity, including screenshot and video captures, help to identify potential risk or misuse of online access, so schools can provide the relevant support
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