Make sure there are technological safeguards in place:
1) Ensure your wifi and network have sophisticated encryption and passwords are changed on a regular basis.
2) Select what sites can be accessed and install monitoring software that all students and faculty are aware of. This can be accomplished from a wide variety of monitoring software. http://www.netsupportschool.com/ is one example.
Create a culture of responsibility regarding internet use:
Filters and technological safeguards have their place, but they can be hacked and ultimately it comes down to preparing our students to live in this information age responsibly.
1) Teach internet safety to teachers, student and parents.
Providing workshops on internet safety, social network privacy and cyber bullying for students, faculty and parents.
2) Integrate digital citizenship curriculum into general and Judaic studies.
Whether it is when teaching students how to do research online or discussing issues of morality and ethics, integrate opportunities to discuss responsible internet use into the curriculum.
3) Train teachers to better understand 21st century skills, educational technology standards and the world their students are living in.
Teachers should be familiar with the tools and applications their students utilize in their daily lives and be trained on how to incorporate them into the classroom when appropriate. They do not have to use these tools in their personal lives, but understanding their educational value as well as the meaning students give to them will assist in engaging students in the topic of responsible internet use.
For schools who do not want students to have access to the internet at all:
1) Consider providing online collaborative tools for student within the school’s server
Schools can install blogs and forums that can be accessed only from their servers and eliminate access to the internet. Open source content management systems like Joomla can be installed and blog and forum extensions integrated.
2) Create internal repositories.
Providing image, music and article repositories on the school’s internal network is another way to ensure students do not accidentally stumble upon inappropriate material online but have easy access to material.