A success story of internet safety

About a year ago, I worked with a teacher in Nevada to help him create a wiki for his 3rd grade students in which they would collaborate on state reports. I’ve kept tabs on the wiki and watched it grow tremendously.

A couple of days ago, I left a comment on the “Georgia” page, offering the student my Flickr pictures from my travels in Savannah, St. Simons, and Athens. I received the following email from the teacher today:

“Let me tell you a story: I wasn’t at school on Tuesday, so I didn’t have a chance to tell my students about the email I received from you on Monday. When I got home Tuesday evening and found your email that said that you had commented on the Georgia site, I decided to check it out. There was no comment at all. I thought that was strange, so I checked my bloglines account, which is the way I do a quick check on what the students have been doing on their reports. I found your comment and printed it off to bring to class today. This morning I talked to the class and found that the students had checked their comments yesterday, and when they found things from people they didn’t know they just deleted them. I explained who you were and showed them a copy of “Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works” including the group picture at the back of the book. The class felt bad about it, and I gave the student who was working on Georgia a copy of your comment. While I thought it was kind of humorous, I was really impressed that they did delete the content, since it goes along with beware of strangers.”

I am SO proud of these students (and their teacher) for acting wisely given the situation. Now that they know who I am, I plan to go back and add a few comments to their wiki, but I love that there are these success stories out there to counterbalance some of the horror stories that get such attention.

Kudos to Gary & his class!

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5 responses to “A success story of internet safety

  • TheDeeZone

    Yeah, a class that listened and learned.

  • Pam Portin

    Wiki and Flikr’s are awesome byt we need to teach kids how to be safe on the internet. I also teach a class on Web 2.0 technologues but not before: 1. I speak to parents. 2. Get approval from my principal.

    Then I teach i-SAFE. http://www.isafe.org. They have BY FAR the best internet safety resources and they are FREE.

    Regardless, I love the work you are doing!

  • Pam Portin

    I am a teacher and love the work you are doing. Before I teach internet safety resources I make sure to:
    1. Send Parents a note.
    2. Get approval from my principal.

    Then I teach i-SAFE. http://www.isafe.org. They have the best resources for teachers and parents. Oh – and they are free. : )

    Keep up the good work.

  • erhubbell

    Hi Pam,

    Thanks for your kind words! I know a little about the iSafe curriculum and think that they do a good job of teaching students how to safely navigate the Internet.

    I’m curious, what age group do you work with?

  • Ian

    Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth. It is a great pick me up. I grow increasingly worried about the safety of our students as we implement more and more collaborative technologies. I think student maturity, monitoring (by me and teacher), and a trusting relationship with the teacher are the vital pieces.

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