Schools and Technology
U.S. public schools have some access to the Internet.12
schools with a large proportion of students from poor families have access
to the Internet, compared to 88% of schools with higher-income
of all public school instructional rooms have Internet access.14
state departments of education and local school districts have recommended
that schools develop a contract with every student using online services
at school to insure they are using the Information Superhighway appropriately.
Called Acceptable Use Policies, these contracts encourage responsible
behavior by students and give teachers enforceable rules; for example:
network should be used in a way that is consistent with the school's
code of conduct.
should share the system and be careful not to monopolize it.
network should be used for educational purposes (e.g., students should
avoid placing commercial advertising online without permission).
policies also ban illegal activity like:
drugs or other illegal materials online
copyrighted material without permission
networks to view indecent or obscene materials
or distributing computer viruses
somebody else's name or code number to send or receive messages
racist, sexist, inflammatory, or obscene messages
of any kind.
to abide by the rules can result in suspension of computer privileges
or even prosecution.
For Further Help
is a starter list of printed materials, organizations, and other places
you can turn to for help. These are some of the resources we found most
helpful, though there are many others.
Children & The Information Superhighway, The Children's Partnership,
1994 and 1996 Update. Available online at http://www.childrenspartnership.org.
Safety on the Information Superhighway, National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children, 1994. A brochure available online at http://www.missingkids.org.
A Parents' Guide to the Internet. and how to protect your children
in cyberspace, Parry Aftab, Esq., SC Press, New York, NY 1997. Available
online at http://www.familyguidebook.com.
The Internet Kids & Family Yellow Pages, Second Edition, Jean
Armour Polly, Osbourne McGraw-Hill, Berkeley, CA 1997. Excerpts online
& Technology: What School Board Members Need to Know, National
School Boards Association, 1995. Write or call: NSBA Distribution Center,
PO Box 161, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-0161; (800) 706-6722; Fax (301)
Making the Net Work for You: How to Get the Most Out of Going Online,
Interactive Services Association and National Consumers League, 1996.
Available online at http://www.penta.ufrgs.br/gereseg/censura/open/brochure.htm.
Parents Guide to the Internet, U.S. Department of Education, November
1997. Guide free of charge. Visit http://www.ed.gov/
Web of Deception, Threats to Children from Online Marketing, Center
for Media Education, 1996. Excerpts available online at http://www.cme.org/children/marketing/index_mktg.html.
Center for Children and Technology
The Center for Democracy and Technology
Center for Media Education
Center for Media Literacy
The Children's Partnership
Community Technology Centers' Network
The Electronic Frontier Foundation
National Parent Information Network
Council of La Raza
National School Boards Association
National Urban League
Organization for Community Networks
Public Access Network Directory
Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology
Federal Communications Commission