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Updated: 2016-02-03T15:40:46.598-07:00

 



We use our parent nights at the beginning of the s...

2008-05-07T11:14:00.000-06:00

We use our parent nights at the beginning of the school year to show parents what we are asking them to sign off on and also to help them understand the possibilities. I find that close to 100% say yes to the use of blogs, wikis, podcasting, voicethreads, if they actually see what others have done and how the tools are being used.
Trying to educate parents through internet safety nights in our area has not been very successful, most of the events are not well attended. So we have tried to use the time early in the year to show the educational benefits, how we will use the tools, through specific examples and hopefully aleviate some of the fears. We also encourage them at that time to ask questions and we have found this to be worthwhile conversations.



@langwitches I believe in the next 10 years the fe...

2008-05-07T08:05:00.000-06:00

@langwitches I believe in the next 10 years the fear will fade away. You will have parents in 10 years who are using cyberspace now and will just know what is out there and how to handle it. The fear comes from the parents who just do not know, who do not use it, who do not see it. This year I replaced a teacher who was teaching for 40 years in the same place, The parents were not ready for me, a young teacher who has a different philosophy than just rote memory. They were not used to having a teacher make their kids think and comprehend as much as I do. Its a learning experience on both side, the parents and mine. Not that I am going to change :)

We just need to educate and teach the parents, We need them to sit down and play with stuff online also. Have them use a Blog, Have them jump into Second Life and see the positives.

Kids can get harmful material anywhere. Kids swear at schools, bring in a dirty picture. At my last school we had a person take off all their clothes in a park across the street from our school playground.

If parents can just see the educational benefit (with open eyes and mind) then we could be good. I know that didn't answer anything really.



G'day bloggers, I realise we must take precautions...

2008-05-07T06:11:00.000-06:00

G'day bloggers, I realise we must take precautions when allowing students to use the internet and all the web tools this might involve. But I feel we also need to teach the parents about it.

Last night I had 15 parents at parent teacher meetings. I showed our class blog and some student blogs.

Most were amazed at what they saw, only a couple mentioned it was great to see students using technology.

Some even said maybe they had better get internet connected on their home computer once they realised students could get to the blog from home.

I showed them the page with work to complete by the end of term. No excuse now from student that they don't know what needs to be done.

I even explained they could be adding posts to their own students blog and be commenting on our class blog. It was an eye opener to most of the parents.

Yet they all signed the parental consent form at the beginning of the year regarding acceptable computer use policy at school.



Information is power. Parents and students need t...

2008-05-07T04:53:00.000-06:00

Information is power. Parents and students need to be shown the sort of behaviour that is unsafe and why it puts them at risk. 'School-friendly' blogging with clearly developed procedures should seem very safe by comparison. The reality is that there can be risk involved if students venture into cyberspace unprotected and without understanding how they are 'exposed'.

By the way Langwitches, the bookjewel username is based on my first name, Julie, and my love of books and libraries! (Definitely female!)



I started blogging with about 14 TechClub students...

2008-05-07T04:36:00.000-06:00

I started blogging with about 14 TechClub students after school. Each had to create an avatar and an online identity. They were no images of themselves, they had to refer to themselves AND their club-mates by their blog identity and all comments and posts were monitored by me.

I agree with @bookjewel when he/she says "Parents often fear what they don't understand so this part of the process is vital."

I held a parent information meetings (not well attended) and I also invited parents in for a few minutes when they were picking their kids up after the club to summarize what we were doing.

@coach burk wrote"Parents are naive to think just because you post to a blog the whole pedophile world will come after their child. They are also naive to think that they are safe in that no one knows can ever find out any information about them. There are much more public access documents people could use to track them down then some school Blog."

@bookjewel and @coach burk: What else do you think we can do to teach parents alongside their students to lower their fear factors and educate them?



Yes, I do believe precautions and guidelines are n...

2008-05-06T19:40:00.000-06:00

Yes, I do believe precautions and guidelines are necessary when posting student information to blogs, wikis or a website. We do post students pictures, audio recordings, movies, to all of the above. We use first names, and the posting take place only when a parent has signed a specific consent form, just for posting to the internet.
We talk to students about making good decisions when online in terms of their online presence, what information to post or not post. We have to model what we expect them to abide by when using the tools in the classroom. And yes, I too believe an adult should always moderate comments to a blog being used in an classroom setting.
Great series of posts Darren.



# Must precautions be taken when posting student i...

2008-05-06T14:54:00.000-06:00

# Must precautions be taken when posting student information to blogs (and/or other websites)?

Yes, as an educator we need to be careful of what information we put out into the world.

# Is there a set of rules that one could follow that would ensure that proper publishing protocol is followed, independent of the blogger's national, state, district, or school restrictions?

Never post first and last names together, never post names with picture. Try to keep the blog private and personally give the information to see the blog to the parents.


# What are your rules for publishing information related to children that you know?

Be careful and prepared.

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Parents are naive to think just because you post to a blog the whole pedophile world will come after their child. They are also naive to think that they are safe in that no one knows can ever find out any information about them. There are much more public access documents people could use to track them down then some school Blog.

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This is a side note, but comes with pictures of students, who owns the pictures? The subject or the photographer? It seems in every case besides in Education, the photographer is the owner. Just try to take an x-ray home with you next time your at the hospital. With Education it seems whoever the student is the parent owns the photo.



I have been thinking about this issue a lot becaus...

2008-05-06T14:25:00.000-06:00

I have been thinking about this issue a lot because many of my students are itching to contribute to our library blog (which is still very new) I am encouraging them to create usernames and avatars to create an alternative identity. I will add their content, or closely supervise the writing of it and moderate all comments. One important step will be advertising the blog to parents and the wider school community so that others can be reassured that the project is educational and without risk. Parents often fear what they don't understand so this part of the process is vital.