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Stephanie Vines

December 14, 2009
ELED 3110 – Internet Safety/Copyright Assignment

Top 10 Things Teachers Should Know About Internet Safety

1. Bullying is often motivated by prejudice and hate. Some of the most
serious cases are because of bias based on the victim’s personal
characteristics like: race,
religion, national origin, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation.

2. Unfortunately, an increasing number of youth and teens are misusing
online technology tools such as e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging,
chatting and blogging -- to bully, harass, and even initiate or provoke
violence against others who have done nothing to deserve the cruel

3. A school’s duty is to maintain a safe learning environment for the students
that attend there. This must also be balanced with each student’s right to
privacy and their freedom of speech. With the increasing rise in
cyberbullying and harassment leading to more serious problems and issues,
schools are seeking ways to create a safer environment; while communities
and legislatures are creating and modifying guidelines on the issue.

4. Cyberbullying is not a topic that is to be taken lightly or misunderstood by
anyone involved. Children have killed each other and committed suicide
after having been involved in a cyberbullying incident. Therefore, the
importance of this topic is of up-most importance and should be taken
literally and seriously by all.

5. There are two kinds of cyberbullying: direct attacks which are messages
sent to kids directly; and cyberbullying by proxy which involves using others
to help cyberbully the victim, either with or without the accomplice's
knowledge. Both are serious and can cause detrimental harm to students
and children who encounter the abuse.

6. Keep yourself as well as your student’s parents involved and informed
with anything pertaining to the issue of internet safety. Use this website (as
well as many others) to help gather ideas and information on how you can
help prevent cyberbullying:

7. Make sure you (as well as your students) are familiar with definitions and
vocabulary words such as the following:
Sexual solicitations and approaches: Requests to engage in sexual
activities or sexual talk or give personal sexual information that were
unwanted or, whether wanted or not, made by an adult. Note that this
includes solicitation from other minors, so unwanted advances by a 13-year-
old on a 14-year-old are included in this.
Aggressive sexual solicitation: Sexual solicitations involving offline
contact with the perpetrator through regular mail, by telephone, or in person
or attempts or requests for offline contact.
Unwanted exposure to sexual material: Without seeking or expecting
sexual material, being exposed to pictures of naked people or people having
sex when doing online searches, surfing the web, opening E-mail or instant
messages, or opening links in E-mail or instant messages.
Harassment: Threats or other offensive behavior (not sexual solicitation),
sent online to the youth or posted online about the youth for others to see.

8. Have one, if not more than one, discussion (while using the internet and
computer) on internet safety and what to do if you believe you are being
harassed with your students. Make sure they know who they can talk to, who
can help them, and what exactly constitutes as “internet harassment” or
“cyberbullying”. A good tip: tell your students that even if they are unsure
whether or not something counts as harassment/bullying, telling their
teacher or another grownup in charge is always a good idea and a possible
way to prevent these things from happening.

9. Definition of Copyright:
"The legal right granted to an author, a composer, a playwright, a publisher,
or a distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a
literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work.”

Want to know if you are up-to-date and in the know on the latest copyright
laws and regulations in various situations? Take this quiz: Copyright quiz

10. For more information on copyright laws and regulations and internet
safety – visit any of the following websites:

In order to get parents, teachers, and students aware and informed

about internet safety and the issues and information surrounding the topic,

knowledge must be passed and communicated to each and every person in

the school. Schools should not take instances lightly that deal with

harassment and/or cyberbullying in any shape or form. Each instance should

be taken with high regard and should be dealt with using a strict, and clearly

stated set of rules and consequences if those rules are broken. No

student/perpetrator should be treated differently in situations like these to

ensure that the rules and regulations set forth do not change and largely

impact those they are enacted upon. Instances involving cyberbullying or

harassment on the internet should be treated in the same way to ensure

they will be prevented in the future.

There are several ways to inform others of internet safety and what the

topic entails. Along with the above listed information – teachers can hold

meeting, workshops, and lessons/activities for students, parents, and other

teachers that clearly define and explain the information associated with

internet safety. Students should understand all usages of the internet and

should know what their limits and guidelines are when utilizing the web.

Parents and teachers should be responsible for the students while they are
using computers and the internet through way of setting restrictions on the

computers, monitoring student’s use and time on computers/internet, and

communicating the rights and wrongs of the internet. All students, parents,

and teachers should be fully aware of the definitions of internet safety,

warning signs to look for when browsing the internet, and ways to stop

and/or prevent cyberbullying, harassment, copyright mishaps, and other

negative instances with the internet and its safety.