The Connected Classroom: 10 Questions You Must Ask
How can you be sure that your children are learning to using the Internet safely and responsibly while they are at school? You can start by making sure that you know the answers to the following questions:

• What is the school’s acceptable use policy (AUP)?

• What are the consequences for improper use of technologies?

• How does the school try to protect students from unacceptable material online?

• What training do students get on Internet use in the following areas: how to find information effectively; what plagiarism is; source credibility; and basic Internet safety training?

• What procedures are in place to make sure the students are not doing too much drifting during working time?

• Where are the Internet-connected computers located? Who gets access to them?

• What kind of training do the teachers have?

• What kind of support is in place?

• Does the school have a Web site? What information is available there?

• Does my child need a computer at home so that he or she can keep up with the projects and assignments at school? What if I don’t have a computer?

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Maximizing the Pros and Minimizing the Cons of the Internet Use in Our Schools

From United Parenting Publications. February 2003.