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Internet Safety
Technology Management

Over the last few years the media has seemed to focus on the potential dangers of the Internet rather than the potential it holds as an educational tool that can enhance classroom learning.  Because of this skewed reporting many parents, administrators, teachers, and community leaders are overly concerned about bringing the Internet into their schools.  It is therefore very important that any educator who uses the technology also have an in-depth understanding of the potential dangers that the Internet poses and what can be done to protect students from these dangers.  Armed with this information, teachers can both protect their students as well as educate the public to the benefits of the technology.

For an in-depth overview of the issues involved in Internet Safety please review the following PowerPoint slide show online:



Elementary school students in New Jersey participate in the Global Sun/Temperature Project and are excited about communicating with other classes from around the world through the project's discussion area and through class email. Prior to the project, the teacher reviews with the class the school rules for using email and the Internet. She describes what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate discussion area postings and explains the consequences for not obeying the rules. She also explains that all email correspondence with another school must go through her first; students may not send email directly to another student or class without it first being reviewed by her. The teacher also ensures that any email correspondence that she receives and distributes to the class has had the sender's email address removed (so that students are not tempted to send unsolicited email to the sender).

Consider these questions as you review your project.

  • Does your school have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) in place?

  • What actions regarding Internet safety will you take with the project you have selected?

Use these resources to help you develop a back-up plan.

Online Resources

Stevens Developed Content

Articles on Internet Safety

Child Safe Search Engines
Note: No site is 100% safe and therefore you must also consider using Acceptable Use Policies (AUP).

Comments on the Potential Internet Dangers

Comments on Protecting Students Online

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