Sunday, April 24, 2011

Basic Skill: Internet Safety

Did you know?

This comes from State School Healthy Policy (State of Alaska Policy on Bullying and Harassment:
Last Updated: 1/5/2011

Bullying/Harassment: Statute 14.33.200 (2006) requires the Department of Education to provide a model policy for harassment, intimidation and bullying to school districts.  Based on this, districts are required to adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying of any student and share the policy with parents or guardians, students, volunteers and school employees.  Statute 14.33.210 (2006) requires each school district to report all incidences involving harassment, intimidation or bullying to the Department of Education, which will then report it to the state legislature.  Statute 14.33.220 states that a school employee, student or volunteer may not engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a victim or a witness.  It also encourages reporting of any harassment incidences to the appropriate school official.  Statute 14.33.230 (2006) provides immunity to any school employee, student or volunteer who promptly reports an incident of harassment, intimidation or bullying to an appropriate school official.

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction proposes 4 big ideas that should be included in any Acceptable use Policy

Four Big Ideas for Your Acceptable Use Policy
  • Responsible personal conduct within the online environment is no different than responsible personal conduct face-to-face.
  • Individuals must protect personal safety online
  • Civic life has an expanding digital dimension that demands responsible engagement by individuals and groups.
  • There are long--lasting implications to publishing in the online environment.

Child Internet Protection Act and Child Online Privacy Protection Act states that personal information cannot be collected on the Web from children under age 13 without permission from a parent or legal guardian. From: Florida Center for Instructional Technology
  • Parents have the right to know what personal information their children are being asked for and how it is to be used.
  • Permission from parents and guardians, in most instances, must be verifiable.
  • Children cannot be required to give out more information then is reasonably necessary to participate in web site activities such as games and contests.
  • Web sites and online services must prominently post a clear privacy policy.

I wanted to share this with you all, as you are working on your ITLP, and just to help build awareness of Internet Safety for your Students. Internet safety should really be considered part of every curriculum, especially when having your students use web 2.0 and/or publish on the Internet. To learn a bit more about what should be considered in terms of Internet safety check out the following resources:

Here is a fantastic compendium of research on how students are using the Internet in relation to safety, bullying and harassment. Knowing about these issues is the start. Resource

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