e teachers without some experience in the social, legal, and ethical issues concerning the digital technology, which poses a great concern in the state of Virginia and Florida. For instance, there are many cases of students downloading pornographic materials from the internet by using their school laptops. Another case in Florida, a student altered his grades in his teachers electronic grade book and was arrested and charged with felony. There are sites that are questionable due to the materials posted on them raising credibility and reliability concerns for students using such sites. The materials may contain false information regarding the contents that the students need in class. In curbing some of the issues concerning Internet safety, there are institutes, which are developing literature that addresses Internet safety, responsibility, and social and ethical issues. The institutes are Responsible Netizen based at the University of Oregon and Bertelsmann Foundation, which provide vital information on internet safety. Some schools are using filtering software to limit the contents that students and teachers should access. Teachers and parents have a mandate of supervising the web content that the students are viewing on the internet. New teachers should go through some training on the usage of technology in their classrooms in a safe and ethical way. Schools in California and Virginia have policies for addressing cyberbullying to enhance cyber safety for their students by having students close to some staff for assistance. The school staff encourages students to report any case of staff bullying for action and also be responsible for whatever they view in the internet.
In Virginia Tech, research on internet security issues to teachers and students revealed that there were many challenges faced by the users in learning. Accordingly, many teachers did not have sufficient understanding of the challenges that they may face when using technology in the classes. There ...Show more