Internet Safety Information for Community Stakeholders
From the Virginia Department of Education Guidelines and Resources for Internet Safety in Schools and iSafe.org
Law enforcement plays a vital role in communities moving toward education and responsibility, and away from victimization. Law enforcement community members can act as a valuable resource for all stakeholders through presentations, educational training and keeping open lines of communication with school. Law enforcement community members may include:
- Federal Bureau of Investigations
- State Police
- County Sheriffs
- City Police Departments
- District Attorneys
- State and local Homeland Security Officials
- Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Members
Internet use can be exciting, rewarding, and challenging. Students’ Internet use should be tailored to their ages.
- Librarians should support age appropriate activities for students.
- The RCPS school district will collaborate with public librarians to support the safety of students when using public computers.
Monitoring is crucial
- Filters are not perfect. Librarians should monitor where students go on the Internet.
- Librarians need to keep up-to-date on Internet safety issues and provide accurate, timely information to students.
Student technological interactions in the virtual world can be negative and spill over into the real world.
- Librarians should be aware of cyberbullying, recognize the potential, and report instances when observed.
- Online and wireless communications—even with known friends or peers—can compromise students’ privacy as technology-savvy predators may eavesdrop.
Exchanging information with others is a great way to use the Internet but also possesses inherent dangers.
- Librarians should know and enforce policies on exchanging or downloading files.
- Online journals and blogs, even when password-protected, may reveal more personal information than a student intends. Technology-savvy predators can circumvent many safeguards offered by journal and blogging sites.
Students need to hear the rules often.
- Librarians should establish and post rules for safe Internet use near computers in libraries, and labs. Students should be reminded regularly that the rules are intended to ensure their safety.