Henrico County Public Schools is committed to educating students and parents on how to be safe while learning on the internet. All K-12 students receive Internet Safety training during the school year with a focus on sixth graders when they first receive their laptops. This training is the joint effort of Instructional Technology Resource Teachers, School Resource Officers, Teachers, Librarians, and Administrators. All secondary students have access to an Internet Safety website that contains resources developed specifically for teens. In addition to this training, Henrico County Public Schools actively filters student use of the internet to ensure access to only appropriate internet sites and resources.
Parents of sixth grade students attend a one-hour presentation on Internet Safety and laptop use in the home. Parents learn about the content filtering system, how to check their child's undeletable history, and how to detect open wireless networks in their neighborhood. Any parents of HCPS secondary students are always invited to attend these sessions held at all HCPS middle schools in August and September. Contact your child's school or feeder middle school for information. Additional classes are held for parents throughout the county on "hot topics" such as social networking, how to help your student at home on the laptop, and cyberbullying. Internet Safety is also a frequent topic of PTA programs.
Additional online Internet Safety resources for parents can be found at: http://staffdev.henrico.k12.va.us/parents/internet.html
Thomas Woodward, Assistant Director, Instructional Technology