Chances are your children are perfectly able to use the Web at school. Younger children are often monitored and elementary schools often spend loads of money on software which prevents them from seeing ads or visiting sites which may be inappropriate for their viewing. However, older children have more lenient rules and more frequent access to computers.
In fact, many schools have open computer labs where teens can access their email and more, at any time throughout the day. Schools are becoming more and more aware of the risks associated with the Web and are creating campaigns dedicated to Internet safety at school.
While many schools are taking the issue seriously, others are neglecting it completely. If you are concerned, here are a few things you can ensure your child’s school does to prevent Internet predators from reaching your child.
1. Ensure the school has blocking software. If you don’t want your child to be able to chat online, be sure their school has blocks on all chatting sites. Most schools already have these bans in place.
2. Voice your concerns. Parents should absolutely voice their concerns if they don’t want their children online at school. Many schools will only let children online if a permission slip is signed and on file.
3. Educate your children. The most important thing you can do is educate your children on the risks associated with online use. Be sure younger children understand not to reveal anything at all about themselves and be sure teens understand the dangers associated with chatting online.