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Red Clay Prioritizes Internet Safety

As Red Clay continues to integrate technology into student learning to provide a modern classroom environment, student safety and privacy remain a top priority.

The Internet offers students a new way to learn and interact with the world. Through the Internet, they can research school reports, communicate with teachers and peers, use online tools for creative expression and have access to people and ideas from different continents. However, the Internet has risks that include cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate material, online predators and knowledge of personal information.

Red Clay follows Federal Internet laws governing student online safety so that all Red Clay students can be protected from harmful online content as they use the Internet to learn and communicate in today’s 21stcentury classroom.

Included in the Federal Internet laws is the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which requires K-12 schools and libraries in the U.S. to use internet filters and implement other measures to protect students from harmful online content. Red Clay employs Internet safety protocols to the fullest extent possible but recognizes it is possible students may come across questionable content.

Red Clay safety policies include setting expectations for appropriate use of technology as part of the Student Code of Conduct, establishing an anonymous online anti-bullying reporting system and developing a social media policy to establish appropriate communication between staff and students. School issued Chromebooks have filters put in place by Red Clay and only students can log on. In addition, Google SafeSearch filters help block explicit images, videos and websites from Google search results and additional filtering software blocks sites categorized as sexual, malicious and pornographic and those involving nudity, aggressive behaviors, illegal substances and academic dishonesty.

 Content filters in G Suite (Google applications) and Internet sites scan student content to identify potentially harmful content in student email, documents, shared files, images, photos, web searches and web visits. Trained professionals further evaluate content 24/7, 365 days a year and alert school officials if unsafe situations occur. Parents should contact their child’s building principal about specific concerns or school rules.

 To further ensure students’ safety, Red Clay recognizes the importance of partnering with families. Parents play an important role in teaching their kids safe and responsible online behavior. At home, parents can get software to help block access to sites on personal computers and restrict personal information from being sent online. Parents should establish limits and rules for kids’ use of the computer and other devices, keep the computer in a high traffic area and keep an open dialog about online safety practices. Helpful websites for parents include Protecting Your Kids on Social Media Flyer, Protecting Your Kids Online Flyer, andKids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age.