Strategies teachers can use to address each of the following potential pitfalls related to Internet use: access to inappropriate materials, threats to safety and privacy, viruses and hacking, copyright and plagiarism problems.
Access to inappropriate materials. I think the best of avoiding accessing to inappropriate materials is to teach students use appropriately. For example, if they accidently navigate to inappropriate content, teachers need to teach students close window, close laptop, and tell teacher. It is necessary to explain to them that it is unfortunate that this type of content exists and move on. Another strategy is to bring parents into the conversation to ensure students won’t access inappropriate materials after school. Communicate with parents at events such as digital safety night and through school newsletters.
Threats to safety and privacy. Teaching is still the best way to prevent students from Internet safety and privacy. Explain to students why they should learn to protect their privacy and how to protect information safety and privacy. For example, don’t fill in any forms that require your home address, name, phone number, and email address information. Remember to clean your browser when you log off. Teachers can show students how to clean browser for example.
Viruses and hacking. It would be helpful if teachers can provide a list of actions related to risk of computer virus and hacking. For example, clicking unknown email attachment is very possible to be hacked. Another strategy is to use firewall, which is widely used in school.
Copyright and plagiarism problems. Copyright and plagiarism is the most common problem in school. To avoid being punished by copyright and plagiarism, teachers should first teach students what they are, why it is wrong, what is permitted, and what is not. Everything you cited should be clearly referenced. Teachers can introduce some plagiarism check tools to students to help them prevent plagiarism. Turnitin is a good tool that is widely used in current school. Student can submit their writing in this software and check the duplication before they submit the writing as final version to teachers.