The current technological era is changing so fast and getting to a new higher point with each passing day, one has to keep up with the pace of change and technological advancements. Whether it is home, office or even schools, access to technology is a must. Even the students need Internet these days for various academic purposes. But the technology comes with its own pros and cons and the school authority needs to implement learning management software, proper rules and restrictions to ensure there is no abusing and harm is done to any student. The schools must be fully equipped and ready to deal with any physical or cyber threats to the students.
Cyber risks and cyber bullying are not unknown to us and with each passing day comes a new form of cyber risk or scam which can even cost a student’s life.
Here are few tips or elements to ensure safe use of technology in K-12 schools :
Restricting or confining the access to the technology
Almost every school is now more inclined towards technological modes or the internet for teaching. The schools do want the students to be able to understand and harness productive information out of the web. But as a matter of fact, students cannot be fully trusted with web access in their hands. To ensure this, programs such as Net Nanny and Cyber Patrol can be used by the schools to restrict the access of the students to any gaming site, chat rooms, videos or movies etc. Thereby, the web resource is used only for studying purpose. These programs help the school to restrict their access to a certain type of website or any other website.
Making students aware of the consequences
The task of the schools does not end on making rules and restrictions, it is important to ensure that students understand whatever being done is for their utmost benefit. Thus, it means that the schools much teach and educate students about the consequences or how adversely web access can affect them, if they do not understand and recognise what is good and what is bad for them.
Taking the 1-to-1 initives to restrain app availability
The schools which prefer to provide technological resources to the students with 1-to-1 initiative can fully ensure the safety and adequate restrictions on the access to these resources on their tablets or even their mobile devices. The distribution networks of these products can restrict and eliminate several apps and websites from the students’ phones and tablets beforehand.
Setting up an agreeable usage policy
It is best for the school authorities to clearly point down what type of usage of the technology is acceptable. They should keep their terms, rules and regulations about what is allowed and what is not in clear words and illustrated with the help of examples for proper understanding for the students.
Using a software to scrutinize students’ actions
The technological advancements have also given the option for the schools administration to use an online school software such as Vision which will help them to watch over the students’ actions in real time. In this all the computers in the lab are allied with a closed circuit or a same network, so that, the teacher can easily watch over all the computers at once.
With the cyber threat increasing day by day, safety of the students has become paramount. Taking consideration of these above elements schools can safeguard their students from any harm.
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