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Internet Safety

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Using the internet and the a variety of Web 2.0 tools that currently exist to support and enrich learning is undoubtedly good for teaching and learning when properly integrated.  However, as an educator your number one priority is to ensure your students are learning in a safe environment whether it be in your classroom or on-line.



Professional Development/Training Resources by Common Sense Media


CommonSense Media, offered as self-paced, online professional development and Cybersense Training, offered via Blackboard, by WCPSS will teach you the following important skills:

  1. Identify the federal laws governing acceptable student use of online resources.
  2. Understand which WCPSS Board Policies govern student and faculty/staff use of online resources.
  3. Understand how to use the WCPSS Privacy Matrix to help you decide what content can and cannot be posted online.
  4. Provide examples of what can happen when inappropriate use of the online resources happens.
  5. Identify and address CyberBullying.
  6. Understand the risks and statistics of online child predators.
  7. The Information and Technology Essential Standards all educators are expected to integrate into teaching and learning. 

Protect Your Students:

The best way to protect students is to monitor their use of the internet and moderate their interactions with each other and internet users outside of WCPSS. 


The Child Internet Protection Act of 1999 (CIPA) requires "Schools and libraries must also certify that, as part of their Internet safety policy, they are educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including cyberbullying awareness and response and interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms.”  This is in addition to WCPSS Board Policies covering the monitoring of student internet usage.

Only about 42% of kids ever report to their parents that they have been harassed or threatened online.  This means that you can't just assume students will tell you if they feel bullied by someone online.  Monitoring and moderating what your students do online is critically important to keeping them safe.


While the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows for many items to be posted online with parent approval, the WCPSS Board of Education only allows a subset of this information to be generally available for release. 


Examples and answers to FAQ: 

All photographs of groups of students, for which no prior consent has been given, must be of unrecognizable groups of children.  Taking a picture of your class from the back of the room where no single student can be recognized is acceptable whereas a posed shot of a group of 4 students who won a science fair project wouldn't be acceptable.  - see the Matrix


WCPSS employees hold positions of public trust and cannot represent themselves, even their personal life, in a way that would cause parents to question the well being of their student.  Likewise, statements about the WCPSS that you wouldn't feel comfortable defending if asked should be avoided.


Ages 10-18 comprise 99% of all unwanted sexual advances from online sexual predators.  Ages 10-13 are about 22% of this population, while the vast majority (77%) are between the ages of 14-18.


Web applications are just like software applications installed on computers.  Before you use one, make certain it's on the WCPSS Approved Software list. Any time you interact with a website that requires you to log in or save information about you between uses should be considered an application.  Likewise, use of unauthorized web applications that compromise student information can lead to disciplinary action.



Consider Board Policy BEFORE Creating a New Wiki:

If students will be users in your workspace, Board Policy 2313 requires a signed Photograph/Name Release for Web Site Development form under the following conditions:

1. Workspace name or title contains identifiable information such as school, teacher or student name respectively, grade or class.


2. Student first or last names are used.

Resources and Support from WCPSS:

Fair Use,  Creative Commons and other WCPSS policies are detailed in a wiki maintained by the Library Media Services Staff


Teaching Students Online Safety -  WCPSS Resources


Technology Contacts and Support - must be on the WCPSS intranet



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