Tag Archives: Internet safety

Should schools monitor social media use by students?

Just as parents are grappling with how to keep their kids safe on social media, schools are increasingly confronting a controversial question: Should they do more to monitor students online interactions off-campus to protect them from dangers such as bullying, drug use, violence and suicide?

Should schools be monitoring students’ use of social media? Or is this the domain of parents? Does a school’s responsibility end with just teaching about online safety or should it go further? Given the rise of cyber bullying, and many parents inadequate internet skills do schools need to step up and actively get involved? These are touch questions. Here is what one article had to say this week:

This summer, the Glendale school district in suburban Los Angeles captured headlines with its decision to pay a tech firm $40,500 to monitor what middle and high school students post publicly on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

The school district went with the firm Geo Listening after a pilot program with the company last spring helped a student who was talking on social media about “ending his life,” company CEO Chris Frydrych told CNNs Michael Martinez in September.

“We were able to save a life,” said Richard Sheehan, the Glendale superintendent, adding that two students in the school district had committed suicide the past two years.

“Its just another avenue to open up a dialogue with parents about safety,” he said.

moreĀ Schools step up social media monitoring of students – CNN.com.

How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

As it is Internet Safety Month, I want to share a sample lesson for teaching Internet Safety to students as young as kindergarten. Yes, you read correctly . . . kindergarten.

With children spending time online at younger and younger ages, it is vital that we explicitly teach young children how to protect themselves online. Most young children get the “Stranger Danger” talk at school, so they know about how to handle strangers in their neighborhood and in face-to-face situations.

There are three considerations when addressing Internet safety with these students. First, the transfer of handling strangers in “real life” to those in virtual environments is not automatic. It needs to be taught. Second, while most “Stranger Danger” programs teach that strangers are scary, mean and want to hurt or abduct children, this contradicts the way collaboration occurs between strangers online. Not all strangers are dangerous. Lastly, in “real life,” students can walk or run away from a potential threat. In an online environment, the danger is inside a student’s home and hard to escape without the necessary skills for handling tough situations.

This is a lesson that I have done with my kindergarten and first grade students to introduce the idea that strangers exist on the Internet and to discuss how we should interact with them.

Full Text: How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students | Edutopia.