ERIC Number: EJ925444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Teaching Internet Security, Safety in Our Classrooms
DeFranco, Joanna F.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v86 n5 p52-55 May 2011
Internet security is an important topic for educators due to curriculums now incorporating tools such as the Internet, Google docs, e-portfolios, and course management systems. Those tools require students to spend more time online, where they are susceptible to manipulation or intimidation if they do not stay on task. Kids of all ages lack emotional maturity. They also need attention and validation; combine that with their extreme lack of caution, and a broadband connection, and there is now a big problem. Society cannot wait for Internet safety to be a required part of the curriculum or depend solely on parents who may not have the knowledge to teach Internet safety. The technology that is available to students and educators can be a very effective way to enhance curriculum and instruction, however, this author contends that educators need to take a part in the responsibility of teaching students how to use the technology safely. Students are the next generation of the workforce, and these are additional life skills that need to be taught. Internet safety should be taught as proactively as wood and metal shop teachers taught students safety in junior high before they used the circular and table saws; the predators and cyber criminals are just as dangerous.
Descriptors: Management Systems, Safety, Internet, Teachers, Computer Security, Crime, Privacy, Computers, Social Networks, Adolescents
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