Inside technology – Staying up to date with your student

by Barry Ludvik Sheboygan Falls School District Educational Technology Specialist

Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed
or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the internet, interactive and digital technologies
or mobile phones, see
It can only happen between non-adults. Once an adult is involved, it becomes harassment or stalking.
In recent years, children have killed each other and committed suicide after having been involved in
cyberbullying incidents.
It is important as parents that you are aware and involved in your chid's online presence. It is not an
invasion of their privacy. It is good parenting.
Children under 13 should not have social networking sites, such as Facebook, or even a Google account of
their own.
Facebook and other sites are wonderful sites to have as a family to connect to relatives and friends, but the
child should not be the owner of the account.
I view this as being similar to driving. It is not appropriate, or legal for that matter, to have a 10-year-old
drive a car.
However, it is completely acceptable to have them observe their parent drive and have access to the benefits
of a vehicle while their parent operates it.
The same is true for use of technology. We can't assume that because children can operate the technology
that they can do it appropriately and without harming others.
So be the guide by the side. Create family accounts in which only the parents know the username and
password, and be there when your child is on the account.
That way your child can learn the correct way to use the application and be safe in the mean time.
Once your child turns 13 and can have an account, treat it like a probationary drivers license. They can have
the account, but with restrictions.
When they prove they have the skills and maturity to go on their own, the restrictions will be lifted.
At the high school level, Google Apps are now being used to create student projects.
In what seems to be an inevitable move to the Google Apps for Education, early-adopting teachers are
having students use higher-level thinking skills to create web albums, presentations, virtual road trips, and
portfolio web sites to illustrate and assess learning.
Students will also have the ability to upload and download documents, presentations and spreadsheets, as
well as work collaboratively on the documents synchronously.
To view samples of student works and learn more about Google Apps for Education, go to

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