Maintaining e safety is one of the most important skills that you can learn for your online activity. Each individual is responsible for protecting themselves online, but educators have the responsibility of teaching students proper online behavior. Starting students off on the right foot is crucial to their e safety, and teachers and the administrators can instill good internet practices at school that will follow students home.
The Secret to Successful E Safety
Many people think that e safety is only effective through close monitoring and strict supervision of online activity, but knowledge is the most important aspect of online safety. The secret to e safety is providing knowledge to students so that they know how to make the right decisions online. If teachers rely on blocked sites, students don’t learn the reasons to avoid negative online content. Education ``shows children how to protect themselves, the proper way to respond to negative attention online, and the proper way to report these incidents to adults.
Teaching the Golden Rule
The internet can be considered a toxic place because most communities lack real authority, which gives users free range. There are some moderators on social media sites, but cyberbullying begins and ends with children and adults harassing each other through screens. Many of these keyboard warriors wouldn’t say the things they say online if they were directly in front of their victims. By teaching children the Golden Rule of “Teach others as you would like to be treated,” you ensure that they will respect people online and reduce potential conflicts.
There are predators online that seek to steal identities, harass, and exploit individuals through sensitive information gathered online. Students must learn to keep their personal information private, so that they reduce the risk of something negative happening to them. Through limited access to online communities, social media, and chat platforms, students can reduce their risk of running into unsavory individuals online. If you face any issues with cyber theft, you can report them to the Department of Justice.
Role Play Scenarios
With e safety, practice makes perfect, and the best way for students to know how to react to negative online situations is through hypothetical situations. Create flashcards that have negative comments, inappropriate questions, cyberbullying comments, or sexual conversation topics. Have students read these situations and then answer how they would react the each situation. This is the perfect time to remind students ways to contact adults and administrators online to report issues. Also, remind students that if they ever feel threatened they can contact their local law enforcement.
E safety is a topic that should be discussed in your classroom throughout the year. How do you make sure that e safety is a priority to your students?