A Teachers Guide to Internet Safety

Ever cognizant of the potential for lawsuits brought by legal watchdog groups who are self appointed in their commitment to ensuring free access to pornography and other objectionable material via public library computers, the public school system is equally concerned with First Amendment issues and Internet filters are forever a hot topic.

When a teacher’s guide to Internet safety does not go far enough, it is most likely going to present a serious clash between the teacher, the school administration and also the parents.

While it makes sense to block out pornography, the kinds of sites that discuss reproduction should be available to students wishing to learn more, yet in so doing, some parents will find that the information provided clashes with either their value systems or will present a serious challenge to their personal beliefs.

Even as a small group of parents may not be sufficient to bring about change, the fact that a teachers guide to internet safety can never be all encompassing and thus satisfactory to each and every parent.

In the same vein, the fact that a teacher’s guide to Internet safety is standard issue in many a school that offers computer access to its students also gives rise to the need for more comprehensive protection from online predators as well as materials which may not be suitable for viewing by minors.

Although a meeting of the minds with respect to a common standard is probably still far off, it is suggested that each parent contact the school administration to find out what the rules for online safety in their school district are, who enforces them, and how far reaching they may be.

Thereafter, it is up to the parents to make up the gap and prepare their children for perusing the Internet and staying safe. Not even a well drafted safety guide will protect a minor from each and every possible online danger they may end up facing.

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