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At school we have an acceptable use policy for those accessing the internet.  There was a time when parents were asked to sign a permission form for their child to access the internet but now the internet is a ubiquitous part of the school curriculum and our lives.  Just like we have expectations on the playground, in the hallways, on the bus... there are expectations for how students should behave when using technology at school. Most internet activity is directed by curriculum goals and has the oversight of the classroom teacher.  Many parents wonder how to effectively monitor internet use at home.

Some general tips for this at home include-

  • place the computer in a visible location in your home
  • talk to your child about the public nature of the internet.  Anything they place on the internet is easily accessible by others.
  • keep all of your anti-virus software up to date
  • establish clear guidelines for downloading music, software etc...
  • if your child engages in social networking, chat rooms or the like advise them to interact only with those that they know and monitor their activities to ensure appropriateness for their age level
  • advise your child not give out personal information on the internet
  • find out more about technology so that you will be better prepared to discuss these items with your child

Sites that offer additional resources and more information-

New Germany Elementary School won a contest with their Internet Safety Project.  See the resources that they have created for Elementary Age students on their website.

Canadian Centre for Child Protection- resources for parents of elementary to high school students

Cybertips information for Parents

SafeKids- this site contains lots of ideas for Parents and students.  There is a family code, a child guide to appropriate internet use at home, blogging and chat room safety guide and more.

Media Awareness- helps you stay current with the trends and assists parents in developing an awareness of media influences and the positive and negative effects these can have on families and children. 

Be involved with your child in their internet activities.  Engage in some family literacy activities together.

 

This site was last updated on 02/09/10.

Sue Taylor-Foley, Coordinator of Assessment and Technology, South Shore Regional School Board, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada  staylor-foley@ssrsb.ca

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