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TECHNOLOGY Cybersafety BY KEVIN BUTLER A in the Classroom District leaders need to take responsibility for teaching students how to wisely navigate the Internet. Some districts are accomplishing this by incorporating lessons on Internet safety and security into their existing curricula to prepare students at all grade levels to behave ethically and responsibly online. For many districts, this isn’t optional. Some states, such as Virginia, require districts to teach all kids Internet safety and security issues, and districts receiving certain federal E-rate funds, which support telecommunications and Internet access, must adopt Internet safety policies that include plans for educating students about the proper use of the Web. Although much of the news coverage on Internet safety issues has focused on teens, districts need to start education efforts early, according to Linda Sharp, who directs the Cyber Security for the Digital District program at the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a professional association for district technology leaders. “We need to start on Web usage education as soon as students are on the computer,” Sharp says. “Students as young as first and second grade can learn about passwords and the reasons to keep them secret except for a trusted adult. As Junel 2010 53 ALTHOUGH THE INTERNET HAS revolutionized communication and provided powerful new educational tools for student learning, it has also created risks and raised ethical issues for students of all grades, as it has created many opportunities for illegal, inappropriate and unsafe behavior among all participants. Increasingly, K12 educators are seeing the need to not only utilize the Internet in instruction, but also to teach students the knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to be safe and responsible digital citizens both inside and outside of school. www.DistrictAdministration.com Engel & Gielen, Getty Images http://www.DistrictAdministration.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - June 2010

District Administration - June 2010
Contents
From the Editor
Letters
News Update
Sustainability
Conversations
Administrator Profile
District Profile
Innovative Leaders Take the Phone and Run
A New Dawn in the Sunshine State
The Die-Hard Communicator
Cybersafety in the Classroom
Persuading Teachers to Go Rural
Product Focus
Research Corner
Professional Opinion

District Administration - June 2010

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