Accessing the internet from your home is a good way to stay informed with what is going on in the world. Almost anything you can think of can be found and accessed. In our schools, we promote digital citizenship, which is good digital practices. Students are coached during their instructional career with techniques and behavioral norms on what constitutes appropriate usage of this resource at their current grade level and what to do if something out of the ordinary occurs.
Internet access by young people can be more productive and safer if access occurs within the line of site of an adult. Just as school internet access is arranged so the classroom teacher can be aware of every student’s usage, there is benefit to keeping an eye on our young ones that are using this resource that contains more than kid-friendly material. Please encourage your student to report to you anything about their usage that does not feel “right”.
In the older grades, many students are issued a school laptop that can go home. That laptop contains a “filter” that can block access to most objectionable material, however no filter can capture every single occurrence. Please encourage your student to work from the device in an area where they can be observed periodically. Similar web filters can be purchased for other computers within your home and can provide added protection to keep your student on track.