Safety for Teachers and Students
From the experience gained in many years
of working with the use of the Internet in education CIESE
has come to the realization that it is important to balance
protecting students with the need to utilize the technology
to its full potential. For these reasons, rather than advocating
policies that completely restrict students and teachers
in regards to the content of their web sites, we advocate
Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) - These are basically "contracts" that
outline how students can use the technology, what they
cannot do with it and the consequences for violating
the policy. These should include school web pages and
the content that is allowed on them. AUPs should be signed
by an authorized representative of the school, students
and parents so that all concerned parties are aware of
No Student Names - We recommend that when referring
to students on a web page that either their names not
be used or only their first names be posted. Some schools
have found the use of "nicknames" to be an effective
way of dealing with this issue.
Student Pictures - Although we do encourage the posting
of student work that may include student pictures, we
strongly encourage teachers to get written permission
to post student pictures and work before placing it onto
the web. We have found that most schools already have
such permission slips for use when student pictures are
placed in newspapers. These can often be re-worded to
cover the issue of posting to the web.
School or Classroom Web Pages - It is important that
teachers and students recognize that a web site that
refers to their school or district represents them in
cyberspace just as a school newsletter or yearbook represents
the school in their community. Because of this they need
to respect the interests of the schools system and post
only appropriate materials to the web site. What is "appropriate" regarding
content should be clearly defined in the schools AUP
If you would like to get more details on this topic you
can visit the following web sites:
- Safe Kids Online --
A terrific resource that includes the article "Child
Safety on the Information Highway," rules for online
safety, links for kids, parents, teachers, and much more.
Guide to the Internet -- U.S. Department of Education
website with lots of information and resources.
Guide to Cyberspace for parents and kids -- Definitions,
safety tips, help for parents.
- A Parents'
Guide to the Internet -- Complete text of this
book available online (look under Table of Contents)
as well as site reviews and other important safety
Children's Partnership -- Rules and tools for
students and families online as well as facts and analysis
about how the Information Society affects kids.
Use Policies -- A collection of educational articles
about the internet and how to keep young students protected.
Acceptable Use Policies --A critique of Acceptable
Use Policies with many interesting links.
- Acceptable Use Policies ( English - Spanish REQUIRES
Adobe Acrobat ) -- Policies which school districts
in California are formulating in dealing with children
using the internet.
Safe Web-Surfing - Great information on making
the web safe for kids
- GetNetWise -
guides and child-safe internet links
- CyberSmart - Free K-8 Internet safety curriculum including lesson plans and activities for students
Links to Sites with Internet Safety Software
Internet Filtering for Schools -- Bess filters
are designed to block sexually explicit or otherwise
objectionable Internet sites before they get on a student's
workstation. This is a server-based solution that provides
schools with ongoing filter services.
- Internet Filter --
The Internet Filter is a program that monitors, filters,
analyzes, and logs internet access. You can download
a free demo from this site.
- NetNanny --
It operates quietly in the background, carefully screening
out user defined 'Words', 'Phrases', and content that
you have determined are inappropriate.
- Cyberpatrol --
provides basic Internet filtering of pornographic material
and an unmodifiable subset of the CyberNOT list which
includes the following categories: Violence/Profanity;
Partial Nudity/Art; Full Nudity; Sexual Acts/Texts and
Gross Depictions. Updates to these categories are automatically
downloaded every 7 days.
- Other Teacher/Parent
Control Software -- Listing of other control software
and filtered Internet service providers.
of Safe-Surf Programs: CNET reviews 3 online filtering
programs --C|NET reviews three internet filtering