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I'm curious how many parents got forms from the school to sign about kids and Internet access. All my children, including my son that's in kindergarten, brought one home the first week of school. I didn't sign any of them. Today my daughter brought home another one. I still refuse to sign. I just wrote on the top that I would not sign this.<br><br>
The reason I won't sign is because it says, "... <span style="color:#FF0000;">shall not be liable for</span> any direct or indirect, incidental, or consequential damages (including lost date or information or accidental or purposeful <span style="color:#FF0000;">access to inappropriate materials</span>)...". If they are not responsible then my child will not be accesing the Internet at school.<br><br>
I'm curious how many others would not have signed this.<br><br>
There's also a second page and that's a parent/student/teacher/principal agreement. I refuse to sign that also. How many got one of those?
 

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To ease your mind.....schools have excellent filtering systems in the<br>
computers! In my classroom (3rd grade) I was very careful and watched<br>
like a hawk on what my students were doing. Most classrooms only<br>
have 1 or 2 computers so it wasn't hard for me to keep a close watch.<br>
I believe most teachers do the same!<br>
I would consider yourself lucky that the school sends home such an<br>
agreement. Many districts don't and the students are on the computer<br>
regardless.<br>
I would sign the agreement and trust the school and my kids!<br>
Maybe that's just the "teacher" in me though<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T<br>
BTW...moving this to the schooling forum!
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by Missgrl</i><br><b>To ease your mind.....schools have excellent filtering systems in the<br>
computers! In my classroom (3rd grade) I was very careful and watched<br>
like a hawk on what my students were doing. Most classrooms only<br>
have 1 or 2 computers so it wasn't hard for me to keep a close watch.<br>
I believe most teachers do the same!<br>
I would consider yourself lucky that the school sends home such an<br>
agreement. Many districts don't and the students are on the computer<br>
regardless.<br>
I would sign the agreement and trust the school and my kids!<br>
Maybe that's just the "teacher" in me though<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T<br>
BTW...moving this to the schooling forum!</b></td>
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I don't feel lucky. I feel let down that they would want me to sign something saying they aren't responsible. They ARE responsible. I don't let my kids online at home unless I am right here watching their every move.....if the school can't provide that then I don't want my child online.
 

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I have had problems with this document as well. It originally got sent home when my son was in k-garten, and I was supposed to verify that he understood the terminology and the rules on it. Well at age 5 he certainly didn't understand what it meant to visit an inappropriate website, and I wasn't about to explain it to him! So I just never signed it. First grade pretty much the same thing. If I didn't think he could understand the rules, he wasn't going to sign it and take the responsibility. This is the first year I have signed it, because now he knows more about the computer than I do! (3rd grade)<br><br>
I agree that there should be supervision there to make sure kids are not going anyplace appropriate. Someone finally explained to me though that in the upper grades kids are sometimes allowed to go the computer lab to do research during a time that it is not a structured class, and there is just an aid there, not the actual teacher. So by getting the upper grades to sign the agreement, they are beginning to take responsibility for appropriate use when they have a little more independence.
 

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Upper class maybe, but my kids are 5, 8 and 10. :LOL I'm waiting to see if I get a call from the teacher today now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I wouldn't sign them either. In fact, when ds1 was in fourth grade, his teacher made a big deal over how the kids were going to be "trained" on computers/internet for research purpose (so the kids could research stuff, not that they were being researched, lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">). Anyway, I asked, "Do they also learn how to use the libraray?" she gave me a blank look and said no. Well, shouldn't they also know how to go into a library and find stuff? Granted, you do use computers for that, but I think that is more valuable than entering keywords in a search engine; particularly for that age group.<br><br>
Ugh. One of the things they teach about internet research in high school and college is to always make sure the source is reliable. Can 4th graders do that?<br><br>
I had a real problem with this. I'm all for technology, but I think kids should know the basics first. And why the internet in kindergarten? Or at all, really.
 

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I had a real problem with this. I'm all for technology, but I think kids should know the basics first. And why the internet in kindergarten? Or at all, really.</b></td>
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ITA! I asked my daughter today how many computers they have and she said she thinks 4. The computers are in the library. If there are only 4 children on the computers at a time then there is no reason anything should happen, accidental or not! So why ask the parents to sign something saying they aren't responsible if it does happen? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: Sorry, but they ARE responsible and I won't sign something stating otherwise. I know most don't agree with me on this issue, but I feel very strongly about standing up for what I feel is right. I guess I am just stubborn. :LOL
 

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I'll be the voice of dissent here. I teach at the university level. I've seen enough very strange things happen with the internet that I agree with the school. The school can have filtering up the wazoo, and weird things can still happen.<br><br>
I was once teaching a course on geological resources. I had students to to a site that I had used many times before, and had checked out the day before my class. Wouldn't you know, the domain had switched owners, and the site had turned pornographic overnight. Man, was that an interesting class!<br><br>
If you want there to be zero chance that your child is exposed to inappropriate things, just do what you are doing, and don't give permission for your child to use the internet while at school.
 
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