Internet Safety in an Online Classroom
While the unplanned shift to distance learning was chaotic and haphazard, teachers around the world were able to see the benefit of a virtual classroom experience. Online teaching creates countless opportunities for using technology in the classroom and unlocks new avenues for engaging students. Even once the pandemic is over and classes resume full face-to-face instruction, many teachers plan to continue incorporating technology into their curriculum.
Technology can be a fantastic resource for teachers, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it’s critical teachers understand the importance of internet safety in an online classroom. Teachers need to learn about what technology they’re using in the classroom, the different kinds of threats that exist on the internet, and how to protect students from danger.
For example, online predators can hack into a virtual classroom and chat with students or “Zoom bomb” with racist or pornographic images. Simple steps such as knowing how to create a password for an online classroom can protect students from danger.
Internet safety isn’t just about outside predators. An often overlooked threat is the one that comes from within a classroom: cyberbullying. Chatrooms, text messages, and social media are all opportunities for bullies to harass and humiliate their peers. Teachers can learn to take measures such as knowing how to disable chat features in a virtual classroom and ensure that remote school is safe for every student.
Some food for thought:
- How do you balance technology and internet safety in an online classroom?
- Do you have an online “code of conduct” for your students?
Internet safety is more important than ever before. Explore more with the online PD course: Internet Safety in a Connected World.
About the Author
Ellen Paxton is a respected expert in education and best known as the Chief Learning Officer of Professional Learning Board. As a two-time National Board Certified Teacher, Ellen has successfully published and customized online professional development courses and Learning Management Systems for 20 years to help teachers meet their state continuing education renewal credit requirements. Through ProfessionalLearningBoard.com, RenewaTeachingLicense.com, and ConnectedPD.com, Ellen has established solutions and maintained partnerships with several accredited universities, higher education institutions, teachers’ unions and state Departments of Education while setting strategic direction that makes a difference and overseeing implementation of popular online PD for schools.