How to keep students safe as they learn remotely amid the COVID-19 outbreak
As school systems worldwide make an unprecedented shift to online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, equity is a key concern. To make sure students from economically disadvantaged families aren’t being left behind, school systems are rightly taking extraordinary steps to get technology into the hands of students at home.
In the United States, for instance, South Carolina education officials are placing hundreds of school buses equipped with Wi-Fi in low-income neighborhoods around the state to serve as mobile hotspots for students. The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest district in the nation, will provide Internet connectivity to as many as 100,000 students who don’t have access at home. Many districts are supplying school-owned mobile devices for students to use so their learning continues uninterrupted.
While these measures are a good start, K-12 leaders also must consider how they’ll keep students safe from accessing inappropriate material online. By law, any school receiving discounted Internet service through the federal E-rate program must use filtering technology to keep students safe when accessing the web through a school-issued device or network, and this applies whether students are on or off-campus.
Even schools that don’t receive E-rate discounts could face potential lawsuits for failing to protect students as they use school-issued devices or connectivity to access the web from home.
To keep students safe as they learn remotely, districts need an Internet filtering solution that works just as well when students are learning from home as it does while students are at school. What’s more, the solution should work equally well with all devices and browsers and should enable full visibility and reporting of students’ online activity, regardless of what kind of device they’re using.
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About the Author: David Wigley Co-Founded ContentKeeper Technologies in 1997 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. David has many years of experience in software engineering, sales and management within the Computer Security Industry.