Inappropriate Material: How to be Proactive Not Reactive

Educators are increasingly using technology to engage students and enhance their learning styles. However, with new advancements in technology, comes a new set of challenges for teachers and educators. These challenges include being proactive to objectionable online materials as well as establishing guidelines for using technology in the classroom. In his blog, Risks Involved in Integrating the Internet Into the K-12 Curriculum, Bernie Poole shares several solutions to combating the risk of students viewing unsuitable material online. These solutions include use filtering software, be a vigilant teacher, create acceptable terms and use policies, and talk about the potential issues with students. In addition to these solutions, there should also be a set of classroom rules or guidelines established for student use of technology tools. Jessica Sanders contributes her thoughts to this in her blog 10 Classroom Rules for Using Technology. These rules include: never give out personal information, ask for teacher’s permission before downloading or printing anything, do not change settings without permission, only visit sites that have been pre-approved by the teacher, tell the teacher if you see something that makes you uncomfortable or if you think  it is inappropriate, pick up after yourself, do not eat or drink around technology devices, be gentle with mouse and keyboard, and plug in any devices that are not currently being used.

Although there are many risks involved with integrating technology in the classroom, teachers still want and need to give students the opportunity to explore these new tools. Both Poole’s and Sander’s blogs provide great solutions and guidelines for giving students the freedom they need to explore these different technology tools while still maintaining their teacher’s expectations.


4 thoughts on “Inappropriate Material: How to be Proactive Not Reactive

  1. I think overseeing the technology that my students use and deem appropriate is one of the most important parts of being a teacher who integrates technology. To maintain awareness, we filter their search abilities through the school wifi, discuss regularly how searching for inappropriate sites is unacceptable and should be reported if seen, etc. I also have a ghost app that allows me to hook up and see what my students are viewing at any given time. I can actually view their screen in real time. If they are accessing inappropriate material or on the wrong sites at any given time, I can send them a message or even lock their iPad access. Having them know that we trust them to have their own iPads but also that we are watching to make sure they hold up their end of the Acceptable Use Policy creates a balance of trust between students, teachers, and staff. We can’t be scared to let students use technology. We just have to make sure they are taught how to properly approach such a great tool!


  2. I completely agree, with the growing of technology in society, it is very important for educators to use technology in the classroom. I believe that if teachers set up the sites that they want students to use to show up as students opened the browsers or even had them as desktop links, that it would be very easy to monitor. At my school, as long as the students are logged on under “student” they can be monitored effectively.


  3. I agree with your post! Technology can be a very effective tool in the classroom if used appropriately! Monitoring what students can see is a very important in today’s classroom setting! In my classroom all the appropriate sites are links on the tool bar. This allows for students to access the site as soon as they open the browser. It keeps them for having to navigate there way to the site and possibly end up on other websites. Also the set up of the classroom is important for monitoring students. The technology centers or rotations are all facing out towards the center of the classroom so that I can keep a close eye on my kiddos!


  4. Monitoring online activity with students in the classroom setting is very important… In my experience, informing students on the unforgiving nature of the internet (as far as the notion that “nothing that requires the internet is ever fully deleted”) and social media (same sentiment) is what has kept the students accountable with their own personal devices as well as the school’s devices in my classroom currently.


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