ACWORTH, Ga., Aug. 13 (UPI) — Parents should ask about the use of technology in their child’s school, officials at a U.S. provider of Web filtering suggest.
Officials at InternetSafety.com, in Acworth, Ga., say the role of technology in school is evolving and parents should find out how their child’s school uses Internet connected devices.
They suggest parents ask how technology will be used in the classroom and if the school has rules about Web sites like YouTube, social media such as Facebook and the use of mobile devices. They suggest parents ask: “Is there a policy for dealing with cyberbullying?”
Cyberbullying is bullying through electronic means and is, the experts say, an emerging area of concern.
They also advise parents to ask whether the school uses an Internet filter.
“Filtering school networks is becoming more common but is not yet ubiquitous,” InternetSafety.com says in a statement. “Find out what measures your school has in place to protect your child from harmful online content and contact while they are at school, and what steps are followed if a student tries to access banned material.”
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