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Student Internet Usage

Student Internet Usage

Each year students are required by law to have an Internet Safety course. The Belle Valley Staff incorporates Internet Safety in the computer lab as well as in the individual classrooms. Belle Valley is committed to keeping students safe when they are using the Internet. Safety measures have been put into place ensure student safety.  

Students are allowed and encouraged to access the Internet for information and resources. Students are closely monitored when they are on the computers. Social Media sites have been blocked as another effort to protect our students. Middle School students have email accounts exclusively designated for emailing teachers and students for school purposes. There are filters in place that flag content according to phrases typed in emails. The Internet search engines which the students use are also filtered. If phrases are searched and are not appropriate the sites are immediately blocked. into search engines.  If the phrase is deemed inappropriate it will be blocked.

It is the utmost importance to the BV Staff to monitor and ensure the safety of our students. 
For more information go to the Parent Student Handbook and read pages 19-21.
We also care about Cyber Bullying, for more 
information read page 36 item 23.

 

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Below is an excerpt is taken directly from Kidshealth.org to help parents enforce Internet safety.

Getting Involved in Your Child's Online Activities

Aside from these tools, it's a good idea to take an active role in protecting your child from Internet predators and sexually explicit materials that are online. Here are some steps that can help you do that:

  • Become computer literate and learn how to block objectionable material.
  • Keep the computer in a common area, not in individual bedrooms, where you can watch and monitor your child.
  • Share an e-mail account with your child so you can monitor messages.
  • Bookmark your child's favorite sites for easy access.
  • Spend time online together to teach your child to appropriate online behavior.
  • Forbid your child from entering private chat rooms; block them with safety features provided by your Internet service provider or with special filtering software. Be aware that posting messages to chat rooms reveals your child's email address to others.
  • Monitor your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
  • Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child's school, after-school center, friends' homes, or any place where he or she could use a computer without your supervision.
  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange.
  • Forward copies of obscene or threatening messages you or your child receives to your Internet service provider.
  • Call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 if you are aware of the transmission, use, or viewing of child pornography online. Contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI if your child has received child pornography via the Internet.

Many sites use "cookies," devices that track specific information about the user, such as name, e-mail address, and shopping preferences. Cookies can be disabled. Ask your Internet service provider for more information.

It's also a good idea to set up some simple rules for your kids to follow while they're using the Internet. These rules may include:

  • Follow the rules you set, as well as those set by your Internet service provider.
  • Never trade personal photographs in the mail or scanned photographs over the Internet.
  • Never reveal personal information, such as address, phone number, or school name or location. Use only a screen name. Never agree to meet anyone from a chat room in person.
  • Never respond to a threatening e-mail or message.
  • Always tell a parent about any communication or conversation that was scary.
  • If your child has a new "friend," insist on being "introduced" online to that friend.

To read the full article click on the following link:

http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/net_safety.html

 
 

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