A Journey in Educational Technology in the Curriculum
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Cybersafety Concerns

After reviewing the resources on Internet safety for K-12 students and considering my own experience as a teacher, I tend to agree with Dr Tanya Byron’s approach that “at a public swimming pool we have gates, put up signs, have lifeguards and shallow ends, but we also teach children how to swim”. Similar to any risk-taking activity, cybersafety concerns can be met with a technology safety plan that protects the interests of students and educators while allowing them to be 21-st Century learners and creative innovators. I believe that the risks to students and possible backlash from parents and administration can be mitigated by mindfully preparing a school’s approach to safe internet use. By doing so, I don’t believe that learning might be missed if too many restricts are placed on internet use because I would advocate for grade-specific limitations. For example, the needs of a grade two student might differ vastly from those of a grade seven, and by the time students received gradual freedom in higher grades, they would have been scaffolded and trained to utilize the freedom appropriately.

 

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