Protecting Your Kids On the Internet


POSTED: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 4:33pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 8:34am

PHARR - The biggest distraction in school used to be note-passing and doodling in class. But today, kids have more distractions and they come in the form of cell phones, MP3 players and the internet.

Today, almost anything can be found on the internet. This is why schools invest thousands of dollars into firewalls and protective barriers to keep kids away from things they shouldn't be seeing.

In the Pharr, San Juan, Alamo Independent School District, students and parents have to sign an Internet Acceptable Use Policy waiver.

This policy goes through the do's and the don'ts of what is acceptable on the internet and more importantly what is not. But even with programs that allow teachers to see each student's computer screen and internet search history, the school district also relies on parents. 

“The school and the parents need to work together in order to teach the child of what’s appropriate, appropriate conduct on the internet, appropriate searches. And really it is a team effort, they have to hear it from both sides," said Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, PSJA ISD Public Information Officer.

On a whole the PSJA Administration has few problems with students disobeying internet rules. 

School District Internet Policies:

PSJA Internet Policy

La Joya ISD Internet Policy

Edinburg ISD Policies

McAllen ISD Internet Policies

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