endations for Best Practices”.
The coalition advocates online safety with a strong emphasis on media literacy and education for parents, educators, and children.
Prescribed goals in education include: professional development for teachers, curriculum development to increase student digital literacy, public awareness campaigns for parents and families, and research and development to further improve digital literacy and online safety.
Based on recommendations from the report, outlined below are Internet safety do’s for parents, outlined by the three stages: Before Children Go Online, During Children's Online Activities, and When Problems Arise:
EDUCATION – BEFORE CHILDREN GO ONLINE
i. Introduction to the Internet
* Learn how the Internet operates.
o Understanding how it stores, processes and generates data will help you identify the various risks involved.
* Learn about netiquette.
o When it comes to online activity, what are the proper social conventions?
ii. Registration/Creation of User Profiles
* Consult privacy policies when registering for anything online (that includes signing up to receive a company email or provide feedback on online forms).
o Is your information collected and shared? Privacy statements will identify what happens with the collection, use, storage, access and disposal of data, including all personal information. Also, note that privacy statements are updated from time to time, so keep yourself informed about any changes by visiting this page regularly.
* Read the Terms and Conditions when using websites (that includes online purchases or playing a game).
o Protect yourself and your children even further by finding out in advance what happens if any of the terms are violated.
* Learn about the services offered by various service providers, such as Internet access and web application hosting companies.
o Many offer safety tools including: privacy settings, filtering options, and tips on how to conduct safe searches.
o When using these tools, find out: what information is blocked by certain levels of filtering, how you can adjust settings, and when you should update settings.
o Ask your service provider if it offers family email accounts. This allows you to manage, monitor and protect your family’s email under a single account.
iii. Identity Authentication and Age Verification
* Monitor your child’s online accounts.
o Make sure they are age-eligible. Children can bypass online identity authentication and age verification tools and methods simply by posing as someone else or lying.
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eviews, in addition to the editorials, late-breaking news and resources available on the site. It will be useful for tech users, parents, and educators.
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Various products will be evaluated in the interest of Internet safety and security, such as:
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ress, location, email address, school name, phone number, date of birth, or real age.
-Ask children to only use gender-neutral screen names like Rocker41.
-On social networking sites, make sure they know only to talk to people they know in real life, restrict access to their profiles, and make use of available privacy settings.
-Never accept unsolicited email, files, photographs, videos or attachments from online strangers.
-Parents should Google their children to see if there are any negative references posted on the Internet.
-Understand the social networking sites children use by registering for your own account on MySpace, Facebook, Bebo etc.
-Tell kids to never share their passwords with anyone, not even friends.
-Ensure kids understand that what is published or said online today, may come back to haunt you in the future.
-Tell kids to not say things online that they would never say in person. Let them know Internet activities can be traced, located, and punished.
-Tell kids never to fill out questionnaires or surveys unless approved by parents.
-Let kids know that if they are being harassed online, it is imperative to notify their parents.
-Tell kids to notify a trusted adult if there is something online that makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.
-Keep the lines of communication open. If you're a parent, know what's going on in your child's social life.
-Insist that your school include an Internet Safety curriculum.
-Insist that your school has anti-cyberbullying regulations in place.…
any schools do not know how to handle this problem. Where do school administrators stand in a cyber bullying case?
Kiwi Commons expert, Barbara Zimmerman has put together a Q&A about CyberHate that addresses many educators' questions about what is classified as cyberhate and why this is a growing problem in both elementary and high schools.
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r classrooms. Curriculums already list media skills among core competencies to be achieved but that's theory only. In schools all over the country reality is different. There are smartboard equipped classrooms at only few school. The internet is used for search occasionally. Word processing is a must when students pracitice writing CVs and letters of application. Most teachers do not use spreadsheets in maths lessons. There are learning platforms for schools, some offered for free by ministry for education. Some schools set up Moodle servers themselves. The majority of German teachers is over the age of 50 and neither motivated enough nor willing to learn new skills. Some use the internet to find stuff for preparing lessons and most have to use computers to enter grades into the schools system. So, for the coming years, I'd say, the outlook is rather bleak.
Even though learning has changed to some degree for German students. Most students have access to the internet at home. There they use the internet, mostly Wikipedia, to do research. Some use their social networks too. Wikipedia is the resource number one and I'm glad there is this online encyclopedia. In the days before Wikipedia the majority of my students didn't have any reference works at their homes and the next library was out of reach.…
So where do we draw the line? My issue with an internet security suite blocking the term "gay" (and not allowing users to unblock the term) is that if a child is innocently doing research, or even questioning his or her sexuality and cannot search the term "gay," does it not affect the child negatively? Does it not tell the child that there are negative connotations to being "gay?"
Maybe I am jumping the gun a bit on this one, but I strongly believe that educating a child about Internet safety issues is any parent or teacher's best bet and blocking terms that could stop them from using the Internet as a resource tool does nothing when trying to build their wealth of knowledge.…