An Investigation of Teachers, Administrators, Parents and Students Perceptions of Online Safety Protocols at a Selected Private School in Ohio
Weber, Julie L.
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the perceptions of teachers, administrators, parents and students regarding online safety at a small private school in Ohio. A related purpose was to identify factors that could improve communication between teachers, parents, and students surrounding their online activities and digital footprint. Data were collected from parents and their children using an online survey, interviews, and focus groups to determine their perceptions of online activities. Similarly, data were collected from teachers’ and administrators’ perceptions of online safety using interviews. The results revealed several themes including parents' and teachers' desires to engage in open dialogue with children, parents’ unfamiliarity with new technology and applications, students' fears of being hacked, and teachers' desires to add technology to curriculum. The results suggest that a proactive approach is needed to enhance online safety protocols.