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The benefits and risks of being online.

Benefits & Risks

Helping students to understand how to be safe online allows them to benefit from all the opportunities afforded them. Mason City Schools implements protective measures while they’re in our care and on our campus but there’s no filter or magic code to protect all students at all times.

While students are at home, there are steps you can take to help keep them safe. This course focuses on two primary areas:

  1. Education & strategies for discussing the benefits and dangers
  2. Restricting access through hardware and software

Educating and talking with your child creates a safe environment to discuss online benefits and risks. There are times, though, where restrictions make sense. Turning off internet access to ensure your child gets a full night’s sleep might be helpful. We’ll help you accomplish those tasks.


Being online provides incredible opportunity for your child to learn, experiment, write, read, create, curate, and critically think. All of these are important to the educational ecosystem and to your child's growth.

  • Collaboration
  • Multiple ways to consume material
  • Creation opportunities
  • Research
  • Anytime, anywhere learning
  • Socializing with peers


Being online comes with risks. By putting cyber safety measures into place, you'll protect your child from these risks and help them to make good choices in the future.

  • Cyberbullying
  • Viruses compromise computer health
  • Phishing schemes
  • Cyber predators
  • Fear of missing out - binge usage
  • Privately Shared Pictures Resurface
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