Homeschooling     Hot Topics     Home and Family     K-12     Education Guide    

Safety Tips for Online Learning



New learning environment, new guidelines

Safety tips for online learning


Over the past few months, as schools have scrambled to figure out how to educate kids in the era of Covid-19, we’ve seen a lot of chaos. Remote? On-site? A combo of both? If on-site, how does everyone stay safe? It was all to be expected, and frankly, it’s quite amazing so many districts have done so well, especially in the Hudson Valley. But with so much going on, it’s easy to see why some schools who might have solid protocols for on-site safety would neglect to investigate and share safety tips for online learning. In case these issues have fallen through the cracks, Douglas B. Parisi at CampusLifeSecurity.com offers some very helpful guidelines to cross a few more T’s and dot some I’s.

According to Parisi, “Stories are flooding the news about kids experiencing hacked Zoom calls – and that’s just the beginning when it comes to dangers of online instruction.” He doesn’t want to freak anybody out, but says, “These tips are based on recognizable safety that has always been espoused by security experts. The importance of maintaining privacy for our children is the fundamental goal with most of these suggestions.”

First and foremost, Parisi reminds us that cameras always tell more than we think they do. Simply put: students should always do remote classes with a bare wall behind them, and, if at all possible, they should not be in their own room. “Students that get bored have been known to start perusing the backgrounds of their classmates,” Parisi says. “The best way to avoid any breach of safety is to not reveal anything in the first place.” Also, parents and siblings may give an unintentional “photo bomb.”

READ MORE: Make remote learning easier

Also, parents should remember, and should tell their kids: everything on the internet is permanent. Anything they say or type into a chat or mutter to a friend when, say, the teacher steps away for a moment, will never go away.

Finally, regarding hacking to disrupt a class (which has happened, and will continue), Parisi reiterates that students should be told never to share any links or emails from the teacher. All requests to ‘send me the link’ should be directed to the teacher. Lastly, when sharing computers, do not to save username or password information.

It’s a strange, unfolding new world, but with precautions and mindfulness, we can get through it safely.



More Homeschooling


  • Visit cool sculpture parks in the Hudson Valley

    These sculptures are generally huge and sure to please

    Visit fun and educational sculpture gardens in the Hudson Valley. Sculpture Parks and their gardens are a unique way for families to appreciate and enjoy art. The open spaces are wonderful for kids of all ages. Most locations offer space to roam and enable us to enjoy these unique pieces at our own pace. read more »
  • Indoor spots for teens to play

    Older kids need to have some play time too

    Teens need places to go that aren't lame and won't bore them to tears. We have the best in the Valley listed just for you. read more »
  • Everything you need to know about student loans

    Traditional ways of paying for college aren't working

    More American families are borrowing for college. At the same time, merit aid and the use of personal income and savings i falling. read more »
  • 3 ways people of all ages can make the most of International Youth Day

    Celebrate youth activists and combat ageism

    August 12 is International Youth Day, a United Nations effort to celebrate youth activists, combat ageism and help bridge gaps between generations working toward the same change. read more »
  • Everything you should to know about student loans

    Traditional ways of paying for college aren't working

    More American families are borrowing for college. At the same time, merit aid and the use of personal income and savings i falling. read more »
  • 4 ways to get involved this global volunteer month

    It's a good time to get in on the action

    Global Volunteer Month, celebrated throughout April, is a time to recognize people who actively support their communities through volunteerism and active civic engagement. It’s also a time to get in on the action. However, if you’re like many people, you may not know where to begin. read more »
  • Minimize the risk of child identity theft

    NYS Division of Consumer Protection offers advice

    Child Identity Theft is a growing problem. According to recent data from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), identity theft for those under 19 years old grew 60% in three years. read more »
  • 5 reasons why your child should (and can) learn how to play chess

    A revolutionary new game that helps kids learn this game of strategy

    Chess is one of the oldest and most popular games in history, with early forms of the game dating back to the 6th century CE. The game has certainly seen a revival since the pandemic began, as people around the globe have dusted off their chess boards and even binged one of the most-watched series ever inspired by the masterful game for much-needed entertainment. read more »
  • 5 ways to get kids excited about STEM learning

    The country needs more good scientists

    The events of the past couple of years have shown how important scientists are to making the world a better and safer place. read more »
  • Keep kids learning during summer

    3 fun, easy ways

    With school out, summertime brings long, carefree days of play and fun. With a little thought and a few supplies, summer is a perfect opportunity to revitalize their innate love of learning that may be a bit squashed after a year of academic pressures, tests and schedules. read more »