Technology-Internet Safety

The internet has become an exciting way for students and adults to expand their tools for finding information,strengthening their knowledge, and networking with friends.  With this excitement comes some reservations and warnings.  The following list has things to think about when allowing your children to use the computer to browse the internet.

1.   The following link has safe and useful recommendations for internet us Parental controls.  Any     computer or device that has internet access should be set up in the family room or other room that is used by everyone.  This allows you to gently monitor your child’s internet browsing.

2.  Children under the age of 14 should not have a any social networking sites.

3.  Set up your computer so that each member of the household has their own user account.  Make sure you have your children’s passwords to their user account.

4.  Contact your internet provider and inquire about what services they offer regarding Internet Safety for students.  For example, there are programs that can set time limits, content control, site restriction etc.

6.  Lastly talk with your child and discuss what they like to do on the internet and what is considered safe.  Remind them that talking to strangers is not allowed, even on the computer.  If you are not comfortable with how to navigate the computer have your child show you what they know and learn together.

Children's Internet Protection Act


Students receive their first computer class of the school year usually the second full week of school. At this time Second through fifth grade students are introduced to the following topics; , DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP, ONLINE RIGHTS, PRIVACY, RESPONSIBILITIES, SAFETY, LOCAL COMPUTER VS LOCAL NETWORK, VS. CLOUD COMPUTING.

Kindergarten and first grade students received a very brief introduction and will receive more information as their computer skills develop.

Technology is forever changing and it impacts young people’s lives, therefore education and guidance are extremely important and one of the main focuses of a Chilmark Students’ Technology Education.

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