Responsible Use Policy for the Internet 

Working together with Students, Teachers and Parents to create your own.

 

Round table discussion
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Making Your Own Responsible Use Policy for the Internet

 

Question:

Can teachers, parents, and students agree on a Responsible Use Policy for the Internet?

 

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Students and teachers work together to develop their own “Responsible Use Policy for the Internet.”

 

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Scenario:

You facilitator says, "We have learned a lot about how to use the Internet responsibly.  I feel like we are ready to share our learning with our fellow students, parents, teachers, and with Citizens against the Internet.  I suggest that we host a round-table discussion to hear more about the concerns of all these different groups.  Together, we can address all of our concerns and develop a strong plan that ensure our success and safety while using the Internet at school and at home."

A girls says, "Good idea!  We could invite students, parents, teachers, and Citizens against the Internet in to talk about making a Responsible Use Policy for the Internet. We could host a round-table discussion (sort of like our Open-Circle) to share everyone's wants, needs, thoughts, and worries.  We could even invite those who can not make it to write in with their comments."

A boy next to you says,  "We could display all our projects to let everyone know that we understand that the Internet is a place that can be unsafe, or where you can waste a lot of time at, or you could be convinced by advertisers to buy their products.  But, we recognize this and we have put a lot of thought into learning how to use the Internet in  a responsible way."

Your friend says, "we could work together to take all of our ideas and make them into a Responsible Use Policy for the Internet.  I suggest that we work in small groups.  Each group could focus on one particular section of our policy.  Then, we can get back together to share our ideas and get feedback.  Finally, we can get back into our smaller groups and really hammer out a final draft for our Responsible Use Policy for the Internet.

Another boy across the circle says, "Cool, we could even have a signing ceremony for our Responsible Use Policy for the Internet.  Everyone present could sign the final draft of our Responsible Use Policy for the Internet saying they agree to follow these guidelines.  We could even send it home to parent who could not make it in.  Then, we could post it in each classroom and help kids learn to use the Internet responsibly."

 

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Responsible Use Policy

Your facilitator says, "Can we all agree then that we will host a round-table discussion to hear everyone's wants, needs, thoughts, and worries?  Then, we can work together to hammer out our Responsible Use Policy for the Internet.  We'll all sign it to agree to follow it and then educate others in the school by sharing our ideas and maybe leading their discussion to bring the Responsible Use Policy for the Internet into their classroom.  Great let's do it!"

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Can teachers, parents, and students agree on a Responsible Use Policy for the Internet?

 

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Created: July 24, 2000
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