Internet Safety

Internet Safety at Indian River

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Given the fact that the Internet provides us with an unprecedented and invaluable informational resource, the Indian River Central School District recognizes the critical importance of incorporating online access with the educational process. The Internet may offer students a fascinating new way to interact with people around the world, access in-depth knowledge, and express themselves creatively, but it also presents new risks such as cyber bullying, exposure to inappropriate material, online predators, and revealing too much personal information.

An ability to recognize the warning signs of these risks will allow trusted adults to intervene and lessen the potential negative impacts and make the Internet a safer place for children. If they are social networking, instant messaging, using webcams, or blogging, parents and educators must help them use these tools safely by learning how to use them themselves. When responsible adults regularly engage children about personal safety, they are more likely to exhibit responsible behavior on their own.

To ensure the safety of its students, our district is fully compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), a Federal Communications Commission mandate requiring schools to have an internet safety policy in place that includes technology protection measures.

The Indian River Central School District has adopted and implemented an Internet safety policy that addresses:

  • access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet;
  • the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications;
  • unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online;
  • unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and
  • measures restricting minors’ access to materials harmful to them.

Below, you will find a variety of internet safety resources, including information about digital citizenship, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, cyber bullying prevention and intervention, and social networking in education.

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