The legal, safe and ethical use of technology in the classroom
Rules, Guidelines and
0What is the acceptable and appropriate
use of internet in schools?
0What is to be expected?
0What boundaries are already in place
and what needs to be changed in order
to make a legal, safe and ethical online
0IKeepSafe (2013) states that students must
do/be the following to be legally and ethically
safe. “Students recognize and practice
responsible and appropriate use while accessing,
using, collaborating, and creating technology,
technology systems, digital media and
information technology. Students demonstrate
an understanding of current ethical and legal
standards, rights and restrictions governing
technology, technology systems, digital media
and information technology within the context of
What do we, as educators,
need to do?
0 Provide guidance for students and “teach our students
to safely and ethically use their digital devices in the
classroom–and throughout their communities”
0 Exhibit Ethical, Safe and Legal behaviour as role
models for our students.
0 Inform students and continue to support them on
their journey to understanding their new roles in the
classroom and community.
IkeepSafe offers a new game for students
to learn about issues such as music piracy.
“Faux Paw the Websurfing Techno Cat series has been created by a team of leading child
psychologists, educators, and law enforcement. This engaging curriculum—complete with
books, animated DVDs, and lesson plans—will captivate the attention of your students
and teach them how to appropriately conduct themselves online and in the digital space.“
Protection Act (CIPA)
0 The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law
that addresses concerns about access in schools and libraries
to the Internet and other information.
0 “The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by
Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children’s access
to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes
certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive
discounts for Internet access or internal connections through
the E-rate program – a program that makes certain
communications services and products more affordable for
eligible schools and libraries” (F.C.C., 2013)
0 Websense helps schools to comply with the CIPA through:
0 “Obscenity and Pornography Filtering – Allows schools and libraries
to manage Internet access to over 90 URL categories including Racism
and Hate, Adult Material, Hacking and other topics pertinent to CIPA.
0 Best-of-Breed Web Filtering – The most accurate and up-to-date
filtering database with over 36 million URLs.
0 Filtering of Search Engine Images – Use safe-search to filter
inappropriate images that can be found in search engine query results.
0 Blocking of Spyware, Malicious Mobile Code, and Other Security
Threats – Sites with worms, spyware, phishing, and other threats can
be blocked, helping to meet The CIPA requirements for protection of a
minor's personal information.
0 Monitoring – Reporting Tools offer many different ways to monitor and
report on the online activities of minors.
0 Policy Management Per User or Per Group – Schools and libraries
can customize their Internet policies based on users or groups, so
policies can be set based on age or needs. “
What do we, as educations,
need to do?
0 We need to do some simple research. It’s not hard.
0 We need to follow everything in the CIPA’s rules and guidelines.
We need to follow the school’s policy and enforce it for
0 WHAT CAN WE DO?
0 We can use resources such as games! We can get the students
to reserch internet safety and the ethical use of the internet.
They can do up their own presentations and present them to
the class, maybe even work in groups
0 MAKE IT FUN!
0 Federal Communications Commission, 2013, ‘Children’s
Internet Protection Act’, ONLINE, Available at:
act, Accessed 22/08/13.
0 IKeepSafe, 2013, Cyber-Ethics, ONLINE, Available at:
http://www.ikeepsafe.org/, Accessed 22/08/13.
0 Websense, Education K-12, 2013, ONLINE, Available at:
5.aspx, Accessed 22/08/13.
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