Shawnee Mission prepares safeguards for technology rollout, offers parents resources

Students are back in school next week in the Shawnee Mission School District and schools are scheduling distribution of the new laptops and iPads as part of a district-wide digital learning initiative approved by the school board early this year.

SMSD-logoIn a message to parents late last month, Superintendent Jim Hinson communicated the district’s plans for safeguards for Internet access that comes with the new technology. Internet access is filtered at the schools to block access to inappropriate material. “Additionally, schools must adopt and implement a policy that addresses not only access to inappropriate matter on the Internet, but the safety and security of minors when communicating online and the protection of personal information about minors,” the message said.

The district also cited several resources parents can access to bolster student safety on the Internet:
OnGuard Online is a great resource with ideas for parents, students, and educators about a wide range of topics from online safety to protecting personal information online, and securing your computer against viruses.The site offers helpful videos regarding talking with children about online activity.

Common Sense Media offers extensive resources for families to encourage and support safe and responsible use of the Internet and online behavior.

NetSmartz offers resources for a broad audience to learn more about the Internet and the possible dangers for children online.

Carnegie Cyber Academy is designed like a game in which children can complete training missions in Cyberspace designed to equip them with skills needed to be good “cyber citizens” and “Cyber Defenders” of the Internet.”