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March 6, 2007 > Cyber safety for students

Cyber safety for students

The Alameda County Board of Education, looking to ensure that students are protected when using the Internet, passed a resolution urging school districts to implement safety measures that would protect students when they surf the net.

The "Cyber-Safety'' resolution that was introduced by Alameda County Board of Education President Fred Sims received unanimous support from the seven-member board. Sims said he hopes to send a message to educators, parents and school administrators about the need to introduce strategies that would protect students.

President Sims, who has shared his concerns with Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern, said he is looking forward to working with area law enforcement agencies in this endeavor.

"I think the Alameda County Office of Education should lead the effort in making sure students are protected when using the Internet,'' Sims said. "This is an important issue, and I hope other districts will take notice and follow suit.''

"The resolution is essentially designed to encourage discussion among parents, students, teachers and school administrators about the need for cyber protection," Sims said. It comes at a time when Internet use among youth is at an all-time high - and climbing.

County Superintendent of Schools Sheila Jordan applauded the passage of the resolution, saying that "it will lend support to the training that is currently going on through the California Technology Project.''

The resolution calls for the 18 unified school districts in Alameda County to inform parents, students and educators about responsible use of the Internet, along with other electronic communication devices.

School districts also are urged to develop policies and regulations regarding the ethical use of Internet resources and other electronic communication devices.

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