Top Five Back-to-School Online Safety Questions Every Parent Should Ask

Stanley - posted on 08/12/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I work for an online safety company and we put these tips out to help parents know what questions to ask teachers and administrators concerning educational and personal use of technology. I hope this is helpful to some of the moms on this board as kids go back to school.

5. What technology does the school provide for the classroom, and how will the teacher use it?
Internet connected devices today range from your standard desktop computer to SmartBoards and iPads. Ask how the technology will be used in the lesson plan, and if you have questions about the educational value of something—like YouTube—ask why it’s being included.

4. What are the rules regarding mobile devices at school?
Are children allowed to use a mobile device for calculating and research? Is there a punishment for texting in class? Or, are mobile devices not allowed in the classroom at all? Knowing the answers to these questions can help your child steer clear of trouble.

3. What are the social-networking rules regarding student/teacher interaction?
Many teachers use Facebook and other social networks to connect to students and make themselves available for questions, while others do not allow such connections. Ask your child’s teacher what their ground rules are, and make sure any social-networking requirements for your child fall within your comfort level as well.

2. Does your school have a Cyberbullying policy?
Cyberbullying refers to bullying through electronic means, and is an emerging area of concern for educators and parents alike. Ask about your school’s policy for dealing with Cyberbullying, and what is expected from both the parents and student when it comes to dealing with Cyberbullying incidents. Many schools have recently implemented harsher penalties for Cyberbullies, including suspension and even expulsion.

1. Does your school filter?
Filtering school networks is becoming more common but is not yet ubiquitous. Find out what measures your school has in place to protect your child from harmful online content and contact while they are at school, and what steps are followed if a student tries to access banned material.

full blog post:
http://blog.internetsafety.com/2010/08/1...

I hope you find these useful/helpful. If you do please share them with others. Also, if there is anything on here that missing, let me know and I will add it to the post.

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Cynthia - posted on 08/12/2010

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your very welcome. 4k will be here b4 you know it. used the same way of thinking with the day care you use. when i left the school the 1st time i had no idea how the 1st day of school was going to be. i didnt even know which door to drop my son off at in the morning. i didnt know if i could walk him in or stay a lil while. i'm so glad i went back. i ended up meeting the school principal. it went a lil like i was interviewing her and the school. this way was better for me. the idea in plublic school is that parents dont have any other option. i let them know they were interviewing for the job with out saying those words. but they got it. good luck to you and to all

Stanley - posted on 08/12/2010

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Thanks Cynthia, my first is only 2 so I have no experience with the parent-to-teacher interface. Good point.

Cynthia - posted on 08/12/2010

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thanks for the advice. i took my lik boy to meet his teacher and i feel like i didnt ask enough questions. the had it set up in a way that didnt leave much time for getting info from the teacher. they handed out paper work instead of offering to answer questions. i ended up going back to the school bc i didnt feel like my questions were answered. my advice is to be up frount with the teacher. let them know u mean well but be firm if u have too. they r in such a hurry to get on to the next kid. but u r paying their sallary. realize that the school and the teachers work for you. thanks for the advice.

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