We also rely on Outschool parents and teachers to help us promote a safe and positive online learning environment.
To that end, as an Outschool parent we ask that you:
- Help your children learn and practice positive classroom behaviors before class starts. This includes helping them understand the basic features of Zoom, which will allow them to engage respectfully in class without distracting other learners.
- Review the Learner Code of Conduct with your children before they attend their first class.
- Supervise your learners (from a comfortable distance 🙂) while they attend class, until you’re confident they can participate safely and respectfully on their own. For older learners, this may take just a few minutes. For younger learners, or those with behavioral challenges, you may need to be nearby for every class. You know your children best! We encourage parents to stay off-screen as much as possible, so if your learner needs hands-on assistance or supervision, please reach out to the teacher before class to let them know.
- Make sure your learner connects with each new teacher at least once with video enabled to allow the teacher to confirm your learner’s identity. This can be a quick check-in at the beginning of the first class meeting, and is required to promote classroom safety. We encourage learners to enable their audio/video during the rest of class to create a more social experience for all learners, but it’s not required.
Additionally, we are big believers in the value of digital citizenship education for all kids. To help your learners develop the skills to stay safe on the Internet, check out the following resources:
Federal Trade Commission - Protecting Kids Online
This government resource covers cyber-bullying and more.
Common Sense Media
This organization provides advice on media consumption for children, including an overview of privacy and internet safety and tips for different ages. They also offer a selection of video recommendations, like this video of 5 Internet safety tips for kids.
Family Online Safety Institute
This organization provides a range of articles searchable by age, and is funded by a group of major technology companies.
We also suggest you seek out best practices from your friends and local communities.