Online Safety

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Ed-Tech Policy When Schools Want to Ban Cellphones—But Parents Stand in the Way
Educating parents on the real threats cellphones pose to their children can help allay their concerns about safety.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 21, 2024
5 min read
A student holds a cell phone during class at Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Md., on Jan. 25, 2024.
A student holds a cellphone during class at Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Md., on Jan. 25, 2024.
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Student Well-Being Cellphone Headaches in Middle Schools: Why Policies Aren't Enough
Middle schoolers' developmental stage makes them uniquely vulnerable to the negative aspects of cellphones. Policies alone won't help.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 14, 2024
6 min read
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Teaching Profession Explainer What Is Doxxing, and How Can Educators Protect Their Privacy Online?
Keeping personal and professional information separate can be difficult for teachers, experts say.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 9, 2024
7 min read
Signage is shown outside on the grounds of Pikesville High School, May 2, 2012, in Baltimore County, Md. The most recent criminal case involving artificial intelligence emerged in late April 2024, from the Maryland high school, where police say a principal was framed as racist by a fake recording of his voice.
Police say a principal was framed making racist remarks through a fake recording of his voice at Pikesville High School, a troubling new use of AI that could affect more educators. A sign announces the entrance to the Baltimore County, Md., school on May 2, 2012.
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School & District Management Deepfakes Expose Public School Employees to New Threats
The only protection for school leaders is a healthy dose of skepticism.
Olina Banerji, May 8, 2024
7 min read
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Privacy & Security 3 Superintendents Share Cybersecurity Best Practices
Cyberattacks cause major disruptions to learning, but school districts are still struggling to put in place effective protections.
Lauraine Langreo, January 10, 2024
3 min read
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Classroom Technology Under Fire From Lawsuits, Meta Looks to Make It Harder for Teens to See Harmful Content
Educators have demanded social media companies do more to mitigate the damage their platforms have done to students’ emotional well-being.
Alyson Klein, January 9, 2024
4 min read
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Privacy & Security Q&A AI Is Making Data Literacy a 'Survival Skill' That Schools Must Teach, Experts Argue
A new survey found that more than two-thirds of U.S. adults don't understand how their data is being used.
Lauraine Langreo, November 16, 2023
4 min read
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Teaching Q&A Schools Are Teaching Digital Literacy and Citizenship. But Are They Doing It Right?
New research illuminates how schools are tackling digital and media literacy as tech plays an increasingly larger role in students' lives.
Arianna Prothero, July 13, 2023
4 min read
The icon for TikTok pictured in New York on Feb. 25, 2020.
The icon for TikTok pictured in New York on Feb. 25, 2020.
Ed-Tech Policy TikTok Is Raising National Security, Privacy Concerns. Should Educators Steer Clear?
The social media video app is raising national security concerns that could ultimately get the platform banned in the U.S.
Alyson Klein, March 22, 2023
7 min read
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Ed-Tech Policy Opinion Should Teachers Be Allowed to Use Online Tools to Monitor Student Screens?
For some teachers, that's a no-no. Others see the merit in watching their students work in real time.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 21, 2023
12 min read
Gloved hand reaching into a laptop screen hacking someone's account.
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Privacy & Security Four Countries Want Students to Help Their Schools Fight Cyber Threats
Australia, India, Japan, and the United States are teaming up to shine a spotlight on cybersecurity.
Alyson Klein, February 7, 2023
1 min read
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IT Infrastructure & Management Students Are Viewing Porn at School. How Educators Can Stop Them
Nearly a quarter of teenagers said they have viewed pornography at school, new survey shows.
Alyson Klein, January 10, 2023
3 min read
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Student Well-Being The FBI's Warning About 'Sextortion' and Kids: What Schools Can Do
The FBI issued an alert about an increase in children being coerced into sending explicit images online and then being extorted for money.
Lauraine Langreo, December 20, 2022
3 min read
Classroom Technology Spotlight Spotlight on Balanced Screen Time
This Spotlight will help you understand responsible online behavior, what schools can do to prevent the overuse of technology, and more.
October 3, 2022