Caroline County Public Schools ~ Technology & Internet Safety

Technology and the Internet can be wonderful resources for kids. They can use these tools to conduct research, communicate and collaborate with educators and peers near and far. These tools can also be used to create innovative products that demonstrate student knowledge, interact with online textbooks, and utilize online education programs/games. The introduction of the CCPS 1:1 Chromebook initiative has provided equity and access to all 6th through 12th grade students and enhanced our faculty and students’ ability to naturally integrate college and career skills that will support our Cavalier graduates.
Online access also comes with risks, such as inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and online predators. This month’s national coverage of the Momo Challenge hoax partnered with recent community conversation regarding students’ online behaviors are critical reminders of the need for educational organizations and parents to remain vigilant regarding our children’s Internet usage. Together we can help our students learn to navigate technology usage, understand Internet etiquette, and reap the many benefits of being a responsible digital citizen.

CCPS Digital Safety Measures

CCPS uses a variety of technical means to filter and restrict the content and applications available to students including, but not limited to, internet content filtering, application whitelisting, and age-appropriate email communication restrictions. In addition to these measures, CCPS has recently implemented the following digital safety tactics:

Only CCPS issued Google email accounts can be accessed at home and in school on CCPS-issued Chromebooks.
Chromebooks screens are randomly monitored through the use of LanSchool. Several classes are piloting this tool to monitor students’ Chromebook usage during the school day and assist with appropriate digital learning.

Moving Forward

Host CCPS/Sheriff Office parent/student social media session. (April)
Create and distribute parent digital safety video clips (sent via BlackBoard email & FB).
Implement additional student lessons and professional development for teachers.
Conduct 1:1 Advisory Committee Meetings to discuss internet connectivity, safety, and innovation.

Parental Supervision
Parents’ awareness of their child’s digital footprint is critical to Internet safety. Knowing what your student sees and hears on the Internet, who he/she meets, and what is shared about his/herself supports age-appropriate digital literacy and citizenship. Talk with your student, use tools to protect him/her, and keep an eye on digital activity. Visit National Online Safety and Common Sense Media for additional resources on social media and Internet safety.

VIEW DIVISION EDUCATION, AWARENESS and ACCOUNTABILITY RESOURCES ON THE CCPS WEBSITE:
Digital Citizenship Agreement ~ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ~ 1:1 Parent Informational Video