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Internet safety for educators

What do we need to consider, to help our students be safe online?

The internet provides a wealth of information and also a range of potential risks.  As educators we are tasked with providing information in a way our student or client can understand to support them in living their fullest life.

There are many helpful resources online with lesson plans, tip sheets, and help guides.

Things to consider

Here are some questions to consider when developing a plan for someone with a disability who is keen to get online:

  • What do they already know?
  • Which sites can they access?
  • How are they using these sites?
  • Are there any problem areas (e.g. forgetting login details; inappropriate messages)
  • Why do they want to be online?  What are they hoping to achieve?
  • Can you break these down into smaller, achievable goals?
  • Do they need supporting software (e.g. speech-to-text or text-to-speech)
  • Do they need supporting hardware (e.g. a switch, eye-gaze system)
  • Do they need visual supports to start conversations?
  • Do they need visual supports to keep conversations going?
  • Are there any boundaries that need to be put in place?
  • Is there a good understanding that the online world is a public space?
  • Is there a good understanding of consent?

Useful Links

Here are other organisations with useful information to support educators:

See also:

Internet Safety Cards

Online Library catalogue

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