The Code of Conduct for parents and guardians states that they have a responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. In this instance, this is largely accomplished by communicating regularly with the school, becoming familiar with school rules and encouraging their children to follow the rules of behaviour.
Parents and guardians must stay well informed about both the benefits of the Internet and the dangers that their children could encounter as they explore the Internet. By understanding the dangers and discussing them with their children, parents and guardians can help realize the positive potential of the Internet while minimizing its inherent risks.
Connect[ED] provides opportunities for parents and guardians to work with their child(ren) through the parent/guardian lesson (Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6). It is essential for parents/guardians to maintain open communication with their children and ensure they understand the importance of seeking help in potentially dangerous situations rather than fearing disciplinary ramifications.
Acceptable Use of the Computer at Home and School
- Establish a set of rules for your child(ren) to follow when using the Internet that include amount of use, acceptable sites, how to interact appropriately online, and what to do if they feel uncomfortable or in danger. Mediasmarts 20131, identify that “students with household rules are least likely to engage in activities that adults consider risky, such as posting their contact information, visiting gambling sites, seeking out online pornography or talking to strangers online”. Mediasmarts 20132 report that over 84% of students interviewed indicate having at least one rule.
- Be familiar with the school's/board's acceptable use of technology policy. When this document comes home to be signed, discuss the components with your child and outline the benefits of using technology and the safety procedures that need to be taken when using it. If you have any questions or concerns contact the school immediately.
- Contact the school immediately if your child feels uncomfortable or threatened by things done on the Internet such as gossip, bullying, harassment.
- Communicate with your child(ren): talk to your child(ren) about Internet safety and ethical behaviour on the Internet. Participate with them online. If they know more than you, let them teach you
Code of Conduct
Parents/Guardians play an important role in the education of their children and have a responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents/Guardians fulfill this responsibility when they:
- show an active interest in their child's school work and progress;
- communicate regularly with the school;
- help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school;
- ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
- promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival;
- become familiar with the Code of Conduct and school rules;
- encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour;
- assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues.3
1MediaSmarts, (2013). Young Canadians in a Wired World - Phase III: Life Online. Retrieved from: http://mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/pdfs/publication-report/summary/YCWWIII_Life_Online_ExecutiveSummary.pdf
3Ontario Ministry of Education, (2009). Parents’ Guide to the Ontario Code of Conduct. Retreived from: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/code.html