Effective Cyber-Parenting@ Fourth grade RBS January 15, 2010
Computer Activity We are engaging children in appropriate, academic uses of tech at school that help them learn now and prepare them with skills that will serve them well in the future. Academic use and entertainment/social uses are pushing children to be online more than ever both at school and at home. The work of preparing students to make appropriate decisions, employ ethics, morals, and values when online is the work of both teachers and parents.
Safety Instruction at School Reading and discussion of Appropriate Use Policy. Focus on protecting personal identity, not sharing too much personal info: name, address, phone number No typing of URLs at school, No Google Avoid ads Use of internet safety games and activities: Carnegie Cadets, NetSmartz Kids, Disney’s SurfSwell Island Recent work in fourth grade writing Netiquette rules for appropriate online communication
Safety Measures at School Adult supervision in room Predominantly desktops in use Appropriate Use Policy Pre-selected online resources Limited access to search engines Web filter(s) Limited use of email
Monitoring software available (but seldom used) Admin controls by tech staff
Safety Measures for Home Communicate rules & values, have conversations with children about tech use Observing children’s computer use Public space for desktop computer use Limits on amount and kind of use, expressed and enforced through tech measures Parent as admin on machines, not child Know child’s password Filtering / blocking / reporting software
Resources for Parents commonsense.org onguardonline.gov getnetwise.org/
Software Tools Family Safety Package NetNanny.org Filter your network http://www.opendns.com/ Block Advertising http://adblockplus.org/en/
Risk Exposure Where are students most likely to run into problems?
Online Activities at School JK/SK multiple sites used with direct access via dock, (little or no instruction on internet and browsers) 1st – use some sites at school, two online accounts created (Kerpoof & Shidonni) 2nd – Individual VoiceThreadaccounts, non-interactive blogs & podcasts. Teacher-led wikis & Twitter. 3rd- Interactive blogs, VoiceThreads, portal use for research, tools, information and entertainment 4th – Blogs, VoiceThreads, keyboarding, portal, email accounts
Home Use Webkinz, Poptropica, Club Penguin Disney ToonTown, Google searches, especially image searches YouTubesearches & postings Email Instant messaging FaceBook
All activities under open and direct supervision
Monitoring software should be a second line of defense
Strategies for Effective Cyber-Parenting Computer must be kept in a public place Internet safety should be an ongoing conversation at home: Discuss your values! Teach and discuss with your child appropriate social skills for online communication
Strategies continued Establish standards regarding use of the computer when you are not present Be part of your child’s online experience MySpace and Facebook are NOT appropriate e.g., Terms of Service states age 13 for you to even have a Facebook account
Restoring Email Demonstrating Trust Have discussed Netiquette, need practice Told children email is not private, parents should feel free to ask/know student passwords Email at fourth grade is scaffolded use a stepping stone to more complete email accounts in fifth grade mistakes are more contained than they will be after 4th