There are two ways to keep them from kids: educating our students on intelligent use of the social Internet and providing them with safe access as well. It's the latter that I feel responsible for as a teacher who is determined to use the read/write web in my classroom.
Here are two tips for providing students with safe access to the Internet. Any social software that you plan to use in class should have the following:
- Unpublished profiles, or no profiles at all, thus making it impossible to learn more about the student than his or her first username and maybe school.
- A closed community of users making it impossible for outsiders to contact students and develop a relationship with them.
After my studies, I added some information to my community for parents to read on the safety of the site. You can read it in this post from my classroom blog.
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