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Bullying and Internet Safety

Student Bullying

Internet Safety for Students and Teachers

Dawson Education Cooperative advocates the following:

    Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) - These are basically "contracts" that outline how students can use the technology, what they cannot do with it and the consequences for violating the policy. These should include school web pages and the content that is allowed on them. AUPs should be signed by an authorized representative of the school, students and parents so that all concerned parties are aware of the policy.

    No Student Names - We recommend that when referring to students on a web page that either their names not be used or only their first names be posted. Some schools have found the use of "nicknames" to be an effective way of dealing with this issue.

    Student Pictures - Although we do encourage the posting of student work that may include student pictures, we strongly encourage teachers to get written permission to post student pictures and work before placing it onto the web. We have found that most schools already have such permission slips for use when student pictures are placed in newspapers. These can often be re-worded to cover the issue of posting to the web.

    School or Classroom Web Pages - It is important that teachers and students recognize that a web site that refers to their school or district represents them in cyberspace just as a school newsletter or yearbook represents the school in their community. Because of this they need to respect the interests of the schools system and post only appropriate materials to the web site. What is "appropriate" regarding content should be clearly defined in the schools AUP .

Internet Safety Software

Bess Internet Filtering for Schools -- Bess filters are designed to block sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable Internet sites before they get on a student's workstation. This is a server-based solution that provides schools with ongoing filter services.

Internet Filter -- The Internet Filter is a program that monitors, filters, analyzes, and logs internet access. You can download a free demo from this site.

NetNanny -- It operates quietly in the background, carefully screening out user defined 'Words', 'Phrases', and content that you have determined are inappropriate.

Cyberpatrol -- provides basic Internet filtering of pornographic material and an unmodifiable subset of the CyberNOT list which includes the following categories: Violence/Profanity; Partial Nudity/Art; Full Nudity; Sexual Acts/Texts and Gross Depictions. Updates to these categories are automatically downloaded every 7 days.

Other Teacher/Parent Control Software -- Listing of other control software and filtered Internet service providers.

Reviews of Safe-Surf Programs: CNET reviews 10 online filtering programs --C|NET reviews the top ten internet filtering programs