Tips for teachers and parents

22nd March 1996 at 00:00
* Some schools have a contract between pupils and the school, or they issue Net "driving licences" with graduated access. The contract might suggest that pupils only access information which they would be happy to discuss with parents or teachers.

* Encourage children working on Internet projects to discuss them with the school librarian who could suggest some key search words.

* There is software to keep track of files which have been downloaded, and sites which have been accessed. Let pupils know that these are regularly checked.

* Consider discussing issues such as pornography and extremepolitical views with older children. The electronic media is not the only place where they are going to come across these things.

* Some teachers prepare anelectronic paper trail for their students by giving them a list of addresses to follow.

* Wherever possible, download material from the Internet onto a hard disc.

* Keep a log book beside theon-line computer.

* Only allow supervised groupson-line.

* Some schools let their sixth-form pupils access more contentiouspolitical sites as a starting point for general discussion on censorship.

* Turn off the load graphics option on your Net browser unless you know there is a graphic which your children might particularly want to see. Some graphic pages take an age to access.

Resources for teachersand parents * Sources for Education http:leo.nmc.eduschoolssch1.html * RM Internet for Learning http:www.rmplc.co.uk * NCET http:ncetcsvwarwick.ac.uk * Edlinks http:www.marshall.edujmullensedlinks.html * BUBL http:www.bubl.bath.ac.ukBUBLEducation.html * Kids' Zone http:www.spokane.netkidzone * CCTA http:www.open.gov.uk * Expo http:sunsite.unc.eduexpobusstation.html * Planet Earth http:godric.nosc.milplanet earthinfo.html * Schools Internet http:www.rmplc.co.ukorgsfirstandindex.html

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